When: Sat., June 7, 1-6 p.m. 2014
The Merom Chautauqua Festival has been held for over 50 years, but this year's event will include a new competition, brought about by the invasive species terrorizing rivers and boaters all across the midwest: Asian Carp. The purpose of the tournament is draw attention to the dangers and opportunities these fish pose to the Wabash River, but to have some fun at the same time. “Asian Carp have been taking over our river and we want people to recognize what they're doing to the river's ecosystem,” Event Organizer Emily Condron said. “We want to invite anyone who has seen the videos and photos of these fish to come out and see for yourself ... but wear a helmet, this is full-contact fishing.” On Saturday, June 7th, contestants will have two heats to catch as many fish as possible. The first heat will be from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The second heat will be from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. After each heat, contestants will bring their catch to the Merom boat ramp for a final tally. Winners will be awarded prizes. There will be a $20 registration fee for each boat competing. The festival, that draws thousands to this small Sullivan County community will include other events such as Merom's Got Talent, Little Miss Chautauqua, Baby Contest, Car show and Air Boat Rides.