Waddington Seeks Help To Pay For Fishing TournamentPosted: Updated:
The Bassmaster Elite Tournament, a pro bass fishing competition, brings more than 30,000 people to Waddington. The competition puts this small village on the hook for $122,000.
"There's a fee to have everything; there's a fee to bring the bass in. There's the rooms, there's the ice machines, there's the porta-potties, there's the music, there's the bands, the stage, the everything, you name it," said Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada.
That's why village officials are reaching out to other towns and villages along the St. Lawrence River to pitch in what they can. There's no set amount, but Waddington officials say they could use the money to put the event together.
"Waddington has never considered this just a Waddington event, it's been a county event," said Otto-Cassada.
The town of Louisville is likely going to help with the tournament. Town Supervisor Larry Legault says pitching in some money for this event is worth it.
"We have a motel and a hotel in our town so I know they're booked solid for that weekend and even prior to the weekend so that's good revenue for them," he said.
Waddington village officials have also asked officials Ogdensburg, Massena, and Lisbon to donate to the tournament.