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Fries reeling in idea for fishing tournament

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By Patrick Smith

FRIES — Fries resident Terry Akers and Fries Town Council have held lengthy discussions at each of the town’s last three meetings about the possibility of hosting a fishing tournament and festival in June.
Akers originally introduced his idea during the town’s September 2012 meeting, and since that time he has been working with the town to put together all the pieces and build on the idea.
He said he is hoping to find sponsors for the event, such as Bass Pro Shop, to draw more interest from potential competitors in the tournament. In the most recent meeting, Akers told council that free fishing takes place between June 7-9, so he decided that June 8 would be a good day to potentially hold the event.
In addition to the fishing tournament, Akers said that he envisions an accompanying festival that would include a car show, flea market, games for children and other vendors to attract more public interest and generate even more revenue for the town. He said the Fries Ball Park would likely be the best location for festival and would need to be reserved to hold the event.
Council has been supportive of the idea and has worked with Akers to help bring his idea to fruition. Council members agreed that they would ask the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department to assist with security and help Akers find more volunteers and coordinators for planning and running the event.
Akers’ idea is quickly becoming a community effort, and he said that he is trying to work with Fries School to allow children to help design a logo and come up with a name for the event.
He is still seeking volunteers and coordinators, and anyone interested in helping should contact him at fsfestival1@gmail.com.