Jun 1, 2010 10:49 PM by Chris Welty
GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - One of Louisiana's major fishing rodeos
has been cancelled because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The 2010 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo committee
cancelled the huge tourist draw Tuesday, saying the gulf's current
condition, the overwhelming focus on containing the spill and
environmental challenges affecting the town are now the priority.
Instead, the committee plans to hold an Island Aid Concert, with
proceeds to go toward rebuilding the fishing and tourism industry
of Grand Isle.
An estimated 2,000 entrants usually take part in the fishing
competition. Other events for friends and family of the anglers
include music, food, craft booths and children's crab races.
The concert event will be held July 23-25 on the grounds behind
the town's community center.