The third annual Hook, Line and Drinker Festival comes to Sylva’s Bridge Park from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
The festival features fly fishing guides and fishing industry vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, music by two bands (Another Country and Lyric), clean water information, outdoor activities, wildlife advocates and Western North Carolina craft beer vendors.
The progressive bluegrass band Another Country will perform from 3-4:45 p.m., followed by R&B from Leeda “Lyric” Jones, who will close out the festival from 5:15-7 p.m.
Admission is free with donations encouraged. Reusable Hook, Line and Drinker souvenir cups and commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase. Souvenir cups are required for craft beer purchases. A portion of net proceeds from the festival will benefit Trout Unlimited’s “Trout in the Classroom” programming for 2019-20.
The second annual pre-festival Tuck Trout Trot is at 9 a.m. that morning at the Jackson County Greenway. It is a self-timed, 2.2-mile fun run/walk along the paved trail adjacent to the Tuckaseigee River. A portion of net proceeds from the Tuck Trout Trot benefit Jackson County Parks and Recreation’s annual “Fishing With Kids Day.” Each paid participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt while supplies last. Registration is at runsignup.com/Race/NC/Cullowhee/TuckTroutTrot or at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce or Jackson County Parks and Recreation office in Cullowhee.
The festival is a celebration of Jackson County being the home of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and the NC Trout Capital.
More information is at www.hooklinedrinkerfest.com, 586-2155 or the Festival’s Facebook page.