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22 Annual Great Smoky Mountain Trout Festival

22ND ANNUAL GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN TROUT & HERITAGE FESTIVAL3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley NCMedia Contact: Audrey Hager (828) 926-0866 ext. 113 mvfestivals@townofmaggievalley.com

TICKETS ONSALE FOR 22ND ANNUAL GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN TROUT & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

MAGGIE VALLEY, NC - Tickets are currently on-sale for the 22nd Annual Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival to be held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend with pre-sale online tickets only $3, plus a small convenience fee. All activities are included in the price and children 15 years of age or younger are admitted free to the festival when accompanied by an adult with admission. Early bird online ticket buyers enjoy significant savings of $2 per ticket. Ticket purchases may be made on the web at http://www.gsmtroutfestival.org or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (3849). This discount is available until Friday, May 6, 2011 @ 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The 22nd Annual Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival is a unique, family-oriented, outdoor event to introduce lessons in aquatic ecology, fishing ethics, water safety and the respect for the outdoors as well as helps educate event goers about the various needs to conserve and protect our natural resources. Rooted in education, this year's festival is expanded to include more focused heritage and live demonstrations. Festival funds make donations possible to community partner and sponsor, Haywood County Community College as well as, Friends of Smokies, Haywood Waterways, Balsam Mountain and more.

This year we have added heritage components to the festival including mountain music, story telling, dance and song, as well as mountain heritage demonstrations to include artisans & crafters performing their traditional skills and materials from the Haywood County History and Genealogical Club, as well as, Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society providing local literature, books and bibliographies. In addition to the children's "Catch Clinic," our partner and sponsor, Haywood Community College (HCC) has an expanded presence with HCC Wild creating an interactive, hands-on area for children of all ages to see and touch animal skins and bones; the Forestry Club adding ESPN winning Timber Sports demonstrations every hour; And, the Sustainability Club providing biomass gasification, cooking using solar energy demonstrations and much, much more! Balsam Mountain "Birds of Prey" including a bald eagle and crowd favorite "Wolf Tales" will be onsite for live demonstrations.

Activities: On stage featured entertainment includes, various clogging groups, Hominy Valley Boys, Caribbean Cowboys and Sound Extreme Entertainment; Heritage Area will feature demonstrations by quilters, basket weavers, pottery makers, instrument assembly - dulcimers, clogging instructions, fly fishing demonstrations, Boy Scout interactive campsite and more; Educational & Environmental Tent for information; "Fun for Young'uns" area has large bouncy houses, slides, games, etc. Vendor Market with craft & Food Vendors for product purchases, including fried trout dinners prepared by and to benefit Boy Scout Troop 309, t-shirts, and kids souvenirs.

Two FREE "CATCH" youth fishing clinics are offered, one each morning and afternoon session. Sponsored by the Natural Resources Division of Haywood Community College and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, clinics are limited to children ages 6 to15. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Call Karen Batick, (828)926-0866 ext. 117 to reserve space. While on the phone, ask about "trout race" tickets!

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