NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, the world's
largest carp sporting event, the World Carp Championship, will be held in the
United States. Slated for June 5-10, the 35-mile course along New York State's
St. Lawrence River will be the location for this year's tournament, an event
that many have called the carp angling equivalent to the "Olympics."
As an added bonus to this year's event, the American Carp Society has
announced a $1 million prize for a single carp caught during the competition,
which breaks the New York State record which is currently 50 pounds, 4 ounces.
First prize for the competition is $50,000, plus two Chevrolet Colorado
trucks, based on the total weight of all carp caught by a two-person team
during the 115-hour competition.
More than 400 people from all over the world are expected to attend the
event, which organizers say will make it the largest World Carp Championship
ever. The first W.C.C. was held in Romania in 1999 and prior tournaments have
been held in Yugoslavia and France. In 2006, the tournament travels to South
Africa. Teams representing Akwesasne, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic,
England, France, Holland, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia,
Slovakia, South Africa, Ukraine and the United States are registered for this
Carp is considered one of the most popular catches in Europe and Asia,
where the practice of "catch and release" has bolstered tourism in many
countries. The American Carp Society is hoping this year's tournament will
raise the profile of carp angling in the US.
The public is invited to attend the W.C.C., including the Opening Ceremony
and Parade of Flags, slated for Saturday, June 4 at 10am in the Donald Martin
Civic Center Arena, in Waddington,
NY. The Civic Center will also host the American Carp Society Expo,
including the I LOVE NEW YORK Showcase, an educational exhibition and
marketplace, featuring the best of New York's Thousand Islands Seaway region.
An entry fee of $2,500 is required for the tournament. For more
information or a schedule of events during the tournament, visit:
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