‘Pink Rubber Boots’ will feature piroque raffle, fishing rodeo, and family activities

A new north shore event is planned for those who enjoy fishing: The Pink Rubber Boots Family Fishing Rodeo and Sportsman’s Extravaganza. In its inaugural year, the event, which is spearheaded by the Slidell Women’s Civic Club, promises a day of outdoor activity that appeals to all ages.

Patricia Mayfield, Project Chairwoman for the event, explained how it came together. “I suggested a fishing rodeo, and from that we just added the name Pink Rubber Boots,” said Mayfield. “Then we decided to do some stuff for the kids to introduce them to some of the different organizations around here. We’ll have Ducks Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited Greenwing, the United States Coast Guard, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, the Sheriff’s Department that’s coming with their Alligator Division…and Howard McCray lets the children hold the alligators and pet them.”

The day offers two events: The fishing rodeo, and the festival.

“The rodeo is $ 35 for adults, $ 15 for the youth, and youth is16 and under,” explained Mayfield. Registered participants receive a T-shirt. To be included in the weighing-in and be eligible for prizes, anglers must be at Slidell Heritage Park for weighing-in by 3 p.m. Participants are allowed to fish in any local waterway beginning at first light.

“The festival itself is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” said Mayfield. “There’s no charge to come to the park. We have music all day long by Ace DJ, who donated his time for the event. We have craft booths, food booths, bounce houses, video games, we have Lowe’s coming out with a big tent where youth can do wooden projects underneath the tent.”

The Civic Club will also be selling T-shirts and the first inaugural poster, which was created by Club member Ramona Carlin.

Those worried about possibly missing the LSU game should not fear. “If the LSU/Alabama game is on while we’re having our festival, we have provisions to pipe it in and have it shown on TV,” added Mayfield.

This year, the festival will raffle off a special item. “We are raffling off a 14-foot, two-man fiberglass pirogue. It came from Gus’ Tackle Shop. Tickets are $ 1 each or six for $ 5. We have been selling tickets, but we will also be selling them at the festival itself and we will draw during the weigh-in,” said Mayfield.

Other donations from local vendors will become prizes for the rodeo.

“Our prizes are donations from local businesses. We have three charter trips, a weekend in Florida, a BBQ grill…Cabela’s in Gonzales have given us 20 youth fishing poles, to be given to the first twenty youth registrants for the rodeo,” said Mayfield.

This year, proceeds from the event will benefit Relay for Life, Mt. Olive Feeding Ministries, East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, Caring Center, and educational scholarships given by the Slidell Women’s Civic Club to Slidell area high school graduates.

Formed in the 1940s, the Slidell Women’s Civic Club has served Slidell for decades.

“This group of vibrant women have one trait in common: to serve our Slidell community,” said Ellen Lamarque, Club President. “We are proud enthusiasts of the family atmosphere, business opportunities, cultural events and social cordiality of Slidell, Louisiana.”

The Pink Rubber Boots Family Fishing Rodeo and Sportsman’s Extravaganza will take place on Nov 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Park, located at 1701 Bayou Lane in Slidell. More information can be found at the website, www.slidellwomenscivicclub.org.

According to Lamarque, this is the perfect time of year for a rodeo and festival.

“The fall weather is screaming, ‘Let’s go outside and play as a family.’ We’ll have fun, sportsmen information, music, food and drink, and crafts all mixed up in one day at Heritage Park,” Lamarque said.

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