The 2016 Okie Noodling Tournament, Festival and Fish Fry is rapidly approaching. This year, like last year, we will have the 2nd Annual free concert in the park the Friday night before the tournament featuring Jason Boland & The Stragglers with guests The Mike McClure Band, and last but certainly not least, Saturday after the tournament BC & The Big Rig will perform. This is the event created for the documentary Okie Noodling (2001) that started it all. This is a once-a-year chance for noodlers and handfishing enthusiasts to compete and meet-up in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma for the world’s largest noodling contest. The character of this event, much like the original documentary, is steeped in backwoods tradition, yet given modern cultural relevance. The crowd in attendance is a unique concoction of local fishing enthusiasts from around Oklahoma and beyond, curious folks, and media from around the globe. This is a marketing opportunity aimed at the many facets of the American Heartland. This tournament has been the pulse of the noodling community and has served to inspire television shows, feature films, and books. This event is the only sponsored noodling tournament in the world and has resulted in the sport’s recent popular success through shows like Hillbilly Handfishin’ (Animal Planet) and Mudcats (History Channel.) Past years have brought The BBC, National Geographic, The New York Times, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Sportsman Channel and The Discovery Channel to cover this unique festival.
Also , there is a new policy that will strongly be enforced at the festival this year regarding outside ice chests and coolers.
THE “OKIE-NOODLING FESTIVAL” has everything you need, so why worry about bringing the ice chest/ cooler and trying to keep track of it while you are out enjoying the event. The festival has great food and beverages on site for your enjoyment. Support the Okie- Noodling Festival and all of its vendors! Though we strongly discourage anyone from bringing them into the park, if you choose to do so, a $10.00 ice chest/ cooler permit sticker MUST be purchased. The $10 fee is a minimal cost and is crucial to the tournaments continuance. Plus you get a commemorative sticker from the 2016 festival!
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