The first ever Spring River Trout Fest will be held in Mammoth Spring Sept. 24. The fest is sponsored by the Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce and will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Many contests and activities are planned for the day.
According to chamber member Tom Hoffman, the highlight of the day will be the Trout Cooking Contest. He said the cook-off will be held behind the Bank of Salem at Fifth and Bronson Streets. "We will have three professional chefs from out of town judge the trout," Hoffman said.
There is $25 entry fee for the contest. Hoffman said the first place winner will receive $200; second place $100; and third place $50. The cook-off judging will start at 5 p.m.
A fishing derby for children 12 and under will be held the day of the fest from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hoffman said the top 20 derby winners will receive prizes. The derby will take place next to Mammoth Spring State Park down Highway 63 below Dam 1. He said adult supervision will be required and a limit of three fish per child is allowed. Only one rod and reel will be allowed per child. Anglers must provide their own bait and tackle.
Hoffman said the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Traveling Aquarium will be in town in conjunction with the derby and the festival. Game and Fish officials will also teach fly fishing lessons for beginners at the city maintenance shed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoffman said a fly tying workshop will be held at the gazebo on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers from the North Arkansas Fly Fishermen from Mountain Home and the Northeast Arkansas Fly Fisherman's Association from Jonesboro will be in town to present the program. A fly casting workshop will be held at the city park from 1 to 3 p.m.
A baked pie contest will be held at the Methodist Church on Main Street. Judging for the contest will be at 2 p.m. with an auction to follow.
A quilt show will be at the Old Episcopal Church, also on Main Street.
Hoffman said anyone can have a booth at the festival for $10.
There is live music planned during the day and a concert that evening at the WhistleStop Theater by Gary Jennings.
Jennings is a Nashville recording artist. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $6 at the door. The concert is sponsored by the Repertory Theater of the Ozarks.