CLAREMORE, Oklahoma -- Visit Claremore announces Battle of the Big Cats - Route 66’s Richest Noodling Showdown, coming June 14-15 to the Claremore Expo Center.
Kaleb Summers, Claremore native, and team STOadventures, won the 2012 OKIE Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. Kaleb is an avid hunter and fisherman whose life has revolved around the preservation of a fading lifestyle that once used to be the norm. “To release a trophy fish reveals a rather strong kind of character, for as sportsmen, we sometimes owe it to our quarry to live to fight another day. After all, the true thrill lies solely in the fight underwater”, says Summers. It was a big fight in June of 2012 when Kaleb and his team fought a flathead weighing over seventy pounds (70.46 lbs.) and won the tournament. Their winning fish was the largest on record for the 14 year event.
Kaleb and STOadventures, along with Visit Claremore, Claremore Expo Center, K95/Fox 23 and Cox Media Group, NABATAK OUTDOORS, Summers Drilling & Blasting, Value News, Osage Casino, GRDA, Melton’s Sales, Pixley Lumber Company, Warren Cat, Reasors, Wild Country Meats, and BancFirst will host the Battle of the Big Cats…Route 66’s Richest Noodling Showdown coming June 13-15. A total of $10,000 in cash in prizes will be awarded with $5,000 going to the contestant/team with the BIG fish. Contestants can fish any lake, such as Grand Lake, or Hudson, or any river they wish too. Winners will be announced at 6:30 pm and entertainment will continue afterward for the crowds to enjoy.
This is an open event allowing anyone to enter. Entry forms are available on www.visitclaremore.org or www.stoadventures.net, NABATAK OUTDOORS in Claremore, or at the Claremore Expo Center. Entry fee is $50 per person and all entries are due by June 12th at noon. Once entered, they can start scouting their prospective place and fish, starting at 6pm on June 13 up to Saturday, June 15 at 6pm. Contestants must bring their fish, alive, and be in the check-in line by 6pm or be disqualified.
The public is invited to come out to the Expo on Friday and enjoy a fish fry, live entertainment, and a variety of vendors at the Claremore Expo Center. The tradeshow will open at noon and the fish fry and entertainment will start around 6pm. Throughout Friday and Saturday Kaleb will show his skills in several noodling exhibitions in a 3,000 gallon tank. Starting at 10am on Saturday spectators and fans can visit the tradeshow or the Hot Rods & Hero’s car show put on by Claremore Firefighters Local 1077. Evening entertainment will provided by A Bar Bunkhouse Band and other performers to be named. Music, tradeshow, exhibitions, and being present for the contestant’s check-ins is all free to the public!
“Visit Claremore is elated to work with Kaleb and the various partners to bring this great event to our hometown”, says Tanya Andrews, executive Director. “Claremore is proud to have one of our own want to share their experience and bring a competition here. Kaleb sees that an event of this nature will bring visitors, competitors, and residents from Oklahoma and the region, and he is excited about showcasing his hometown. He is a great ambassador of Claremore and of Oklahoma!”
A full event schedule, information, contestant entry forms, and tradeshow vendor registrations are available for the Battle of the Big Cats at www.stoadventures.net or www.visitclaremore.org or by calling 918-341-8688.