What Exactly is OKIE NOODLING?
Okie Noodling is a tournament that started 19 years ago at Bob’s Pig Shop. It is a one of a kind and has grown to the Worlds largest hand-fishing tournament. Noodlers pay their entry fees before the deadline prior to the tournament, and start noodling at the start time. The noodlers can fish in Oklahoma waters ONLY, and they have until 6PM sharp to have there LIVE fish in line for weigh in, at Wacker Park, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. There are Multiple divisions to compete in from Scuba, Natural, Women’s, and the 17 & under. The grand Prize added to any of the places in those categories is the prestigious Big Fish award, which is the overall biggest fish entered in the tournament.
It is $45 per noodler before 12AM June 14th, and $55 per noodler From 12AM to 12PM on June 14th. PLEASE SEE THE NOODLER INFO PAGE FOR RULES BY CLICKING HERE
What is the Okie Noodling Eve Concert?
It is the 4th year that we have a free outdoor concert on the Friday evening before the tournament. This year we are excited to have Stoney Larue and special guest the Judson Cole Band. The music will start around 6:30. Spectators can arrive at Wacker Park as early as 5pm. Food and merchandise vendors are onsite and open for business on Friday evening as well. We are excited to offer You are welcome to bring your lawn chairs and cooler (with cooler permits).
What Activities Are There For Families?
Throughout the day on Saturday, there are several activities and competitions planned. These change from year to year, but we do our best to have fun things for all ages to participate in while you are waiting on those big fish to arrive!
Be sure to check out the Okie Noodling Queen Contest, Kids Catfish Eating Contest, The Noodle Eating Contest, and a few new activities this year.
After the weigh in, and the Tournament winners are announced, we are excited to have Shotgun Rider close out the festival with some great music!
How much are tickets?
The festival is FREE to the public, so please come and enjoy the festivities. Please check out the rules on what is allowed into the park. Friday night there is $5 charge per car to park in the park.
Can I bring my own ice chest and or Pop Up tents, or is there anything I can’t bring?
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 $20.00 ICE CHEST/ COOLER PERMIT STICKER MUST BE PURCHASED. THE $20 FEE IS A MINIMAL COST AND IS CRUCIAL TO THE TOURNAMENTS CONTINUANCE. PLUS YOU GET A COMMEMORATIVE STICKER FROM THE 2018 FESTIVAL !
The Okie Noodling Tournament strongly discourages its spectators from bringing outside coolers to the event. That being said anyone who is planning on bringing a cooler to the Okie Noodling Tournament must purchase a $20 cooler permit. If the cooler contains beer, or any other alcoholic beverage, you must be over the age of 21 and provide a valid ID to a tournament official prior to receiving the wristband. Everyone consuming alcohol on the premises must have a wrist band.
WE ARE NOT ALLOWING ANY POP UP TENTS AT THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF VENDORS. WE UNDERSTAND WANTING SHADE, BUT THESE INHIBIT OTHERS VIEW AND CAUSE SECURITY/MEDICAL CONCERNS WHEN TRYING TO GET TO SOMEONE IN NEED DURING AN EMERGENCY. ALSO, WE WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT BOTTLES ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE PARK.