By TODD TRANUM
President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier
Chautauqua County has had a wonderful privilege this past week playing host to some of the top anglers in the world! Jack Link's Major League Fishing has just wrapped up filming its second television series, which will air on the Outdoor Channel in January, with the championship round to be broadcast on NBC in February.
Jack Link's Major League Fishing is a partnership between the Outdoor Channel and 24 of the world's best anglers. The league features bass fishing events that are made for television and designed to bring high-level challenges to the participants as well as entertainment and insight to the viewing audience. The organizations first event, which was filmed at Lake Amistad near Del Rio, Texas, received excellent reviews from both the fishing industry and others.
This tournament the Summit Cup started filming on Monday on Chautauqua Lake, with production wrapped up by Saturday. The camera crews and anglers were all based at Chautauqua Institution.
"We could not be more pleased. We have been extremely fortunate to have first-class partners in Chautauqua County and Chautauqua Institution. It has been enlightening for us to become familiar with the history and culture that the county and Chautauqua Institution has to offer. We are confident we're putting together an outstanding television show," Commissioner Don Rucks said.
Major League Fishing first approached the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau earlier this year about the opportunity. Andrew Nixon of CCVB was incredibly helpful, as was George Murphy at Chautauqua Institution, and local fishing guide Craig Robbins. There was a great deal of help as well from local sponsors including the Chautauqua County Department of Economic Development, Chautauqua Marina, Chautauqua Suites, the Athenaeum Hotel, the Comfort Inn, 3 C's Catering, Elegant Edibles, and the Watermark.
Andrew Nixon pointed out that this event can have a broad reaching effect on tourism in Chautauqua County.
"The Major League Fishing program on the Outdoor Channel will bring unprecedented attention about our area to sports fishermen and fisherwomen throughout the United States. We are grateful for this opportunity and glad to share our excellent fisheries," he said.
With national recognition from this event, we hope to see even greater attention to Chautauqua Lake as a fishing and outdoor recreation destination.
Chamber Golf Tournament prizes announced
A number of fabulous prizes will be raffled off as part of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Chautauqua Golf Club. Prizes include a 32-inch flat screen TV from DFT Communications; a set of irons and golf bag from the Chamber, valued at $600; a numbered art print by T. Issac valued at $195 from Framemasters; a certificate for door service and weather stripping from the Overhead Door Company of Jamestown valued at $180; a $100 gift certificate from Jamestown Mattress; and a 6 gallon wet/dry vac from Home Depot in Lakewood.
Golfers play for a $1,280 purse, payable in Shop Chautauqua County Gift Checks. The first place team wins $125 per player. Second prize is $75 per player. Third prize is $50 per player, and the fourth prize team gets $40 per player. In addition, there is a ladies special purse with $30 going to the players of the best scoring team with at least one woman.
The tournament is sponsored by DFT Communications, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, Fredonia Place, Lawley-Tradition LLC, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, NRG Dunkirk Power LLC, Petri Baking Products, Inc., Ed Shults Chevrolet, Inc., GHD Consulting Engineers, Community Bank, N.A., Liazon Corporation, Lake Shore Savings Bank, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. You can register through the Chamber website or by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
Chamber's Annual Banquet Oct. 11
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet will give area business people a close up look at the remodeled Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia. The banquet this year will be held Oct. 11. Invitations, names of the award winners and further details will be sent out soon.