Swollfest 2014 is set to crank up with great fishing, music and food next Thursday through Saturday out of Sand Dollar Marina on Grand Isle.
The rodeo features seven divisions – blue water, coastal, inshore, kayak, women’s, children and the all-for-fun belly-buzzard – and the entry fee is $55 per person before June 1. Kids 12 and under are $15, and the adult fee after June 1 goes to $60.
Over the years, Swollfest has raised more than $600,000 for charities, including the American Diabetes Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Swollfest Outdoor Wish Foundation, Friends of Grand Isle and more.
Fishing will begin at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, with official weigh-ins at the Sand Dollar from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The awards ceremony is scheduled for about 8 p.m. Saturday night.
All 1st place winners receive a custom-made award by the Benjamin Collection Design Company, and all 1st place winners in the blue water, coastal, inshore and kayak divisions also win a Yeti ice chest.
Five major awards also will be presented for best offshore boat, best inshore boat, champion kayak fisherman, overall Swollfest fish and the 2014 Swollfest Inspirational Award.