BASSfest projected to bring $2.5M to Paris

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PARIS, Tenn. — West Tennessee is in the spotlight this week while hosting one of Bassmaster Elite’s biggest events. Paris Landing State Park is hosting this year’s BASSfest on Kentucky Lake, where more than 100 anglers are not just fishing here in Paris, but are eating, lodging and gassing up. According to Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton, Kentucky Lake speaks for itself. “This is probably one of the top 10 lakes in the country for bass and crappie fishing, and that draws them here,” he said. Bassmaster Director of Tourism Events Michael Mulone said BASSfest is a celebration. “BASSfest is kind of a big summer celebration,” Mulone said. “We have our open anglers competing with the pros, and we wanted a place we could really draw people to and have a great community.” So Bassmasters contacted Paris. “They contacted us and asked if we would be interested in hosting, and we obviously said certainly.” Hamilton said. But these anglers aren’t just bringing in big bass but also exposure and a huge economic impact. Over the five-day tournament, Hamilton estimates 20,000 to 30,000 people will visit BASSfest, which means lodging is hard to come by. “There’s probably not a hotel room probably within 30 to 45 miles of here,” Hamilton said. But Hamilton said the attention for the area is priceless. “This event is helping our community — promoting Paris Landing and the lake,” Hamilton said. “There’s a lot of value to that.” Hamilton said they are projecting a $2.5 million profit for the area because of BASSfest. BASSfest will be hosting a free art fair, carnival rides and other attractions for the rest of the tournament. Attractions and parking are free. The tournament ends on Sunday.

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