- Southwest Wyoming carves out a fresh winter season with ice fishing, ice sculpting and more-
Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism celebrates the classics of Southwest Wyoming’s winter season with annual events that make being on ice sound oh so nice. Visitors are invited to share in the region’s unique cold-weather traditions at these signature events. For more on planning a trip to Sweetwater County this winter or any time of year visit www.tourwyoming.com.
· Jan. 22-24 – Burbot Bash The 6th annual Burbot Bash is hosted by the Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce. This burbot-only fishing tournament was started in 2011 to help remove the invasive, aggressive eel-like species – also known as ling cod or eelpout – from the reservoir. Individuals or teams of two to four anglers compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. There will be a new prize category this year for participants who compete in both the Burbot Classic and Burbot Bash tournaments. Visit www.burbotbash.com for rules and registration.
· Jan. 29-31 – Buckboard Burbot Classic – Hosted by Buckboard Marina, anglers compete in this fishing derby in youth and adult prize categories, including tagged burbot, biggest burbot, smallest burbot and more. Though not an attractive fish – its slimy, eel-like body and goatee-like barbel also earned it the nickname “Lawyer Fish” – it has been sought after for many centuries in Europe as a delicacy and has been call the poor man’s lobster. Up to 40 people will win prizes, and all have the chance to take home as much of this tasty fish (which is also called poor man’s lobster!) as possible. New this year, there will also be an auger contest. Visit buckboardmarina.com to sign up.
· Feb. 12-13 – Crystal Classic In the town of Green River, the 2016 Crystal Classic Winter Festival will once again transform Expedition Island into a winter wonderland of exquisitely sculpted ice, lights, music and decorations. This National Ice Carving Association-sanctioned competition offers a prize purse totaling $12,000 for professionals and amateurs from all over the U.S and Canada. The weekend of winter family fun also features food vendors, live music, a 5k walk/run, snow boot softball, s’mores station, soup cook-off, horseshoe competition and more.
Learn more about these events and planning a trip to Sweetwater County, Wyo., at www.tourwyoming.com.
About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com) Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.
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Jenissa Meredith, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, firstname.lastname@example.org