From our friends at Bass Pro Shops....
Free Bass Pro Shops Event Features Fishing University, Pro Anglers, Seminars, and More
Springfield, Missouri--(February 8, 2011) Bass Pro Shops is dedicated to ensuring families continue to have fun outdoors through their exciting, educational events such as the Spring Fishing Classic. Last year, more than 5 million people attended this event at Bass Pro Shops stores across America and Canada and this year promises to be even bigger. And, it is at a price everyone can afford--free. Plus, this year you could be the winner of the "Florida Fishing Vacation" and win a trip for you and a guest to the Miami/Ft Lauderdale area and the opportunity to appear in an episode of "Bass 2 Billfish" with show host Peter Miller (approximate retail value $7,670.00) or one of 52 Spring Fishing Packages valued at $503.00 (U.S) $596.00 (Canada)!**
The 17-day event begins February 25th and goes until March 13th at 50 of the Bass Pro Shops retail stores in the United States and March 11th through 27th at the Calgary and Toronto stores. There's new fishing products to browse through, live demonstrations to see, new tips and techniques to learn, music and entertainment, boat shows, kids events, and, it's all FREE! Don't forget to register for the "Florida Fishing Vacation" or one of the 52 packages being given away that include a Baitcasting Combo, a Rod & Tackle Trolley, a Berkeley® 12V Electric Fillet Knife, an XPS® Stalker Front Loader Tackle Bag, portable fillet station, utility boxes and more.
Anglers will be able to learn the secret techniques and strategies used by the best anglers in the world by attending the Free Fishing University seminars and tank demonstrations going on February 25th through the 27th at the U.S. stores, March 12th-13th in Rocky View (Calgary, Alberta), and March 18th-20th in Vaughan (Toronto, Ontario). See and hear experts like 9-time BASS Angler of the Year Roland Martin, 4-time BassMaster Classic Champion Rick Clunn, legendary angler and TV host Bill Dance, America's favorite fisherman and TV host Jimmy Houston, 3-time BassMaster Classic Champion Kevin VanDam and many more. Canadian customers will enjoy "Facts of Fishing" TV host Dave Mercer. (Pros, seminar topics, and times vary by store. Please check individual store schedules by visiting www.basspro.com/classic and clicking on the store from drop down box.)
Other special events include:
Reel Trade-In: If attendees have any old reels that don't see a lot of action any more, bring them in during "Reel Trade-In" days February 25th through March 2nd at the U.S. stores and March 11th through 16th for Canada stores. They can be traded in for a coupon worth from $5 to $100 off the purchase price of a new reel. The donated reels will be given to local not-for-profit groups whose mission is to teach children about fishing and the outdoors.
Bonus Bucks: U.S. store locations only. Customers using their Bass Pro Shops Visa credit card to make purchases in Bass Pro Shops stores March 3rd through March 9th will earn 'bonus bucks.' .
If they purchase (on their BPS Visa credit card):
$100-$199 - customers will get a $10 Bonus Buck card
$200-$349 - $25 Bonus Bucks card
$350-$599 - $50 Bonus Bucks card
$600 and up - $100 Bonus Bucks card
Bass Pro Shops Next Generation Weekend: U.S. stores March 12-13, Canada March 26-27 Noon to 5pm. Kids can get into the spirit of the outdoors with plenty of events geared for them during the Spring Classic. Activities include casting game, photo opp, rain gutter boat races, special craft and valuable fishing tips. All for FREE and if kids complete all the activities they will receive a free Bass Pro Shops Next Generation tote bag (while supplies last).
Get ready for a summer full of fishing and outdoor adventures and make it a family affair. Make plans now to attend the FREE Spring Fishing Classic event at your local Bass Pro Shops store.
**Contest rules: Customers must register to win the Florida Fishing Vacation Sweepstakes or the Spring Fishing Package First Prize. The Grand Prize of the Florida Fishing Vacation will be awarded to one winner selected nationally. Fifty-two first prize winners will be selected (one per store) and awarded a Spring Fishing Package. (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR CLAIM PRIZE. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec)who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 02/25/11 and ends 03/13/11 for U.S. locations. In Canada (excluding Quebec), between 3/11/11 and close of business on 3/27/11.
About Bass Pro Shops Group:
Bass Pro Shops -56 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 109 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.
Tracker Marine Group - Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe and Mako boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and hundreds of independent dealers worldwide. Visit www.trackerboats.com
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