CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (WWNY) - The village of Cape Vincent is preparing to host one of its biggest fishing tournaments in recent years. It’s just the beginning of the village’s push to bring more people to its shoreline.
It’s quiet now, but in 2 months the boat launch in Cape Vincent should be packed with anglers as the village hosts the inaugural Dick Garlock Memorial Bass Tournament this June, honoring a St. Lawrence River icon.
“He was known nationwide for his fishing skills so it’s just our way of being part of a recognition for everything that he has done for this area,” said Bob Ewing, Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce president.
Ewing says the fishing tournament is one of the biggest the chamber has ever sponsored - an event that brings excitement to downtown business owners.
One of those is Amanda Derouchie, owner of Cup of Joy Cafe.
“Cape Vincent is not a place that you pass through on your way somewhere, so it’s very important for us in this town to have things like a fishing tournament that will bring people to our little community,” she said.
Ewing says bringing more people to the village is a chamber priority, adding a plan is in the works to revitalize the river bank with a new pavilion, more dock space and easier shoreline access.
“More business will come in if they see that Cape Vincent is improving and stepping forward so that is exciting for us all,” he said.
An exciting time to modernize this already popular river destination.