Dauphin Island, AL- Rodeo organizers said there were 3,310 tickets sold this year, just shy of the Guinness record year in 2011. This year’s version of the oldest and largest fishing tournament in the nation drew competitors from all over the world and even the nation.
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Take thousands of anglers. Add dozens of artists and musicians. Then stir in as many as 75,000 spectators, and you’ve got the makings of a jam-packed Rodeo Music & Arts Festival on Dauphin Island. Set in conjunction with the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, the Music & Arts Festival will feature four days of music performances at the fishing rodeo site and also at restaurants and businesses across the island. Events will kick off Thursday afternoon, July 14, with music at several locations, including the rodeo site, where the rodeo’s annual Liars Contest also is scheduled for 6 p.m. Fishing will get under way at 5 a.m. Friday, July 15, and end at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Musicians will also perform those three days at the rodeo site and at outdoor venues throughout the island town. Additionally, on Saturday more than 20 regional artists will be displaying and selling their works at local businesses. The Town of Dauphin Island will provide a free shuttle bus on Saturday to help people get from site to site. “It’s going to be a great four days,” said Mayor Jeff Collier. “Our goal in helping sponsor the Music & Arts Festival is to give people more to do when they come to see the fishing. They can move around the island and see what we have to offer.” Thursday’s music lineup includes Leland Clay, 2-6 p.m., Pirate’s Pleasure Bar & Grill; Winston Ramble, 4-6 p.m., Fishing Rodeo stage; Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet, 8-10 p.m., rodeo stage; and The Modern Eldorados, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fins Bar. On Friday, featured performers will be Delta Smoke, 3-5 p.m., rodeo stage; Winston Ramble, 5-7 p.m., rodeo stage; The Wellborn Pickers, 5-30-9:30 p.m., Pirate’s Pleasure; Brett LaGrave, 6-10 p.m., Islanders; Dylan Scott, 7-9 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; and Ryan Balthrop, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fins Bar. Saturday’s lineup will include Leland Clay, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Park; Brandon White, noon-1:30 p.m., rodeo stage; Stereo Dogs, noon-4 p.m., Pirate’s Pleasure; Leland Clay, 1-3 p.m., Billy Goat Concessions; Delta Smoke, 1:30-3 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Eric Erdman, 3-5 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Rebecca Barry, 5-9 p.m., Fins Bar; Mulligan Brothers, 6-8 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Three Bean Soup, 6-10 p.m., Islanders Restaurant; Terry the Carpenter, 8-10 p.m., Pelican Pub; and Infant Richard and the Delta Stones, 9 p.m.-1 p.m., Fins Bar. Sunday will feature Nanafalia, noon-1:30 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; Chris Wellbourne, noon-4 p.m., Islanders Restaurant; Harrison McGinnis, noon-4 p.m., Pirate’s Pleasure; Delta Smoke, 1:30-3 p.m., fishing rodeo site; Ryan Balthrop and Friends, 3-4:45 p.m., fishing rodeo stage; and Holly Mosely and Tim Kinsey, 3-7 p.m., Fins Bar. Saturday’s roster of artists incudes Dena McKee, Jimmy Stroud, Susan Cox, Cindy Schafhirt, Sharon Johnson, Laurie Schaerer, Robert Zimlich and others. The venues at which they’ll be stationed include Lighthouse Bakery, Mack and DD’s Emporium, Treasure Trove, Chevron, Billy Goat Concessions, Fins Bar, Islanders Restaurant, Dolphin Health & Fitness and Green Park. The Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council’s gallery on Bienville Boulevard will be open Saturday and Sunday. For more information about musicians and artists, visit the Music & Arts Festival’s Facebook page and the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo’s website, which also contains information about the fishing rodeo itself. Schedules and maps will be available at the rodeo site and at participating venues. The fishing rodeo is sponsored by the Mobile Jaycees, whose promotional literature describes it as “the largest fishing tournament in the world.” Awards and prizes will total more than $1 million.
The crew of Karl Baldwin, Danny Winstanley, Randy Winstanley, and Danny Vise padded their lead in the new shark catch-and-release special category after rodeo assistant judge Dr. Marcus Drymon video-verified another 26 successful releases
THURSDAY, JULY 16TH
TIME ARTIST VENUE 6-8pm Liar’s Contest ADSFR Stage 8-10pm Nanafalia ADSFR Stage 8-10pm The Perry Wall Band Fins Bar FRIDAY, JULY 17TH TIME ARTIST VENUE 1-5pm Leland Clay Hugh’s Snow Removal/WEB 6-10pm Harrison McGinnis Trio Pirates Pleasure 6-10pm The Night Work Band Islanders 8pm-mdnt The Modern Eldorados Fins Bar SATURDAY, JULY 18TH TIME ARTIST VENUE 11am – 2pm Disciples of the Crow Hugh’s Snow Removal/WEB Noon-4pm Stereo Dogs Pirates Pleasure 12-130pm Leland Clay Island BBQ 1-4pm Delta Reign Duo Mac n’ DDs 1-4pm Ken & Marilyn Billy Goat Concessions 2-4pm Leland Clay ADSFR Stage 2-5pm Rhythm Intervention West End Beach 2-5pm Tony Bowers Steel Drum Fins Bar 5-9pm Leland Clay Island BBQ 6-10pm Mango Fish Islanders 7-10pm Carla & the Sand Fleas Ship & Shore -Green Park 7-11pm Doug Previto & Friends Pirates Pleasure 7pm-mdnt Tribal Bacon Pelican Pub 8pm-mdnt Ryan Balthrop & Friends Fins Bar SUNDAY, JULY 19TH TIME ARTIST VENUE 11am-2pm Ryan Kuykendall Hugh’s Snow Removal/WEB Noon -2pm Melissa Joiner Pirates Pleasure 1-3pm Bruce Jones Fins Bar 2-5pm John Milham Band West End Beach 2-6pm Ryan Balthrop Pirates Pleasure 4-8pm Melissa Joiner Duo Fins Bar
The Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament is designed to bring families together and encourage sportsmanship. The tournament takes place on the Saturday before the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. RMYAT is for children 15 years and younger and it typically attracts more than 1500 young anglers.
The one-day event features 31 categories with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in all categories. One Master Angler is awarded.
All participants receive a Zeigler hot dog, a Coca Cola, a Blue Bell ice cream, and a a certificate. Winners will receive Mobile Bay Bears tickets.
All proceeds benefit the Mobile Jaycees Children’s Christmas Shopping Tour.
For more information: Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Website
Dauphin Island, AL- The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo began with a ceremonial cannon shot at 5:00 a.m. this morning. Here is a link to additional information and a schedule of the music and entertainment from the www.AL.com site: