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First held in 1988, the Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Classic has become an annual event each spring, the first Saturday of May, for Paris and Lamar County. This year is the 32nd anniversary.

This year the event takes place May 4, 2019, from 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pat Mayse Lake. Individuals and teams are welcome to register and participate. The cost for an individual is $50 and $225 for a four-man team. Pick up your registration forms at Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, Brannan’s Bass Shop, Mike’s Paint and Body or Liberty National Bank.

The Lucky Ducks will be on the water again this year, sponsored by Paris Ford. Look for the ducks on the lake, only one per registered fisherman, bring it to the weigh-in between noon and 3 p.m. to collect your prize.

The fisherman’s Hot Seat will be back this year to highlight the angler that is currently in the lead with the largest bass. This could change with every fisherman or not very much at all if a large bass is weighed in first. The hot seat is sponsored by Liberty National Bank.

The tournament attracts between 300-350 anglers and a large number of fans and spectators. The tournament is held at Pat Mayse Lake with the permission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many area businesses and volunteers help make this a real angler’s event and a fun day for the fans and spectators.

The tournament originated back in the late 1980s when Denver “Uncle Jesse” Pyle of the Dukes of Hazard and a group of local businessmen got together and put a tournament together. Denver was on-hand for many of the tournaments – shaking hands, signing autographs, hugging kids and helping in every way, until his death in 1998. He, along with his wife, Tippi, never asked, nor received reimbursement for their participation.

Denver’s one request was that all net proceeds from the tournament go directly to benefit children of the county with special needs. Tippi continues to come to the tournament and enjoys seeing the difference this organization has made in Lamar County.

Tournament proceeds are handled through Denver Pyle’s Children’s Charities, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, with a local board of directors committed to seeing that funds benefit children, not administrative costs. Sonic Drive-In and Brannan’s Bass Shop are the major sponsors for the tournament.

Denver Pyle’s Children’s Charities has helped many local children’s nonprofit organizations throughout the last 31 years and will continue to do so. The Charities Board carefully studies each funding request to ensure that the objectives of the foundation are being followed.

Keep in mind that 100 percent of the money raised goes toward helping children in our community.

This year’s sponsors are Lamar National Bank, First Federal Community Bank, Mikes Paint & Body, HWH, Paris Chevrolet, Printworks, Custom Angle Rods, Days Inn, Portable Storage Solutions, Lamar County Visitors & Convention Council, K95.5, Liberty National Bank, Paris Ford, Brannan’s Bass Shop and Sonic Drive-In.

For more information, call 903-715-5313 or 903-517-1386.


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