Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo in July

Each year, the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is a fishing tournament held during the last weekend in July,  with this year’s dates being Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. To those living in the state of Louisiana, the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is known as being one giant block party, with plenty of music, live entertainment and great food. There are craft vendors, merchandise booths and fishing competitions, with categories that span across the best male and female anglers, the best boats and the biggest catches.

2012 Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo Information
The event is held at the Grand Isle State Park Pavilion, which is located on the southern tip of Louisiana in Lafourche Parish. If you choose to take part in the fishing competitions, registration is $40. There is also a registration package for $100, which includes a poster and other fun products. Weigh-ins will be at the Sand Dollar Marina.

For those who would rather attend the event and enjoy the festivities and weigh ins, admission is just $1 per person and free for elders- 62 and older. Children 3 and younger are free.

The Tarpon Rodeo is kid-friendly, so you can make this event a family activity. Kids 12 and under can participate in their own divisions, and there are other age-appropriate activities for youngsters. The event draws in approximately 15,000 people and is an excellent way to support the local economy. The Grand Isle’s economy thrives on tourism, and the Tarpon Rodeo draws in people from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

2012 Tarpon Rodeo Events and Highlights
The rodeo is an event that is vitally important to Grand Isle, supporting its economy and people. In fact, this event is one of the longest running festivals in the state of Louisiana, being held each year since 1928, with the exception of 2010, when the BP Oil Spill cancelled the event.

With the anticipated event just around the corner, thousands of people are awaiting the Tarpon Rodeo. Some of the most popular competitions include contest weigh-ins, crab races and tag-and-release contests. Additionally, because it's summer you can swim off the coastal beaches, fire up the grill at a campsite and spend the weekend at a rented motel room, beach house, RV or cabin site. There will be plenty of Cajun food to enjoy, including fried shrimp and alligator sausage. With the highlight of the weekend being some quality R&R, you can’t deny the overall goal, and that’s to bring local awareness to Grand Isle, support the economy and take advantage of Louisiana’s natural resources.

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