hook, line and drinker

The Hook, Line and Drinker Festival, sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, returns to Sylva’s Bridge Park Pavilion Saturday. The festival has been ranked as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce presents the fourth Hook, Line and Drinker Festival from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridge Park Pavilion.

The festival features fly fishing guides and fishing industry vendors; food trucks; children’s activities; clean water, outdoor activity and wildlife advocates; and Western North Carolina craft beer vendors. The Carolina Soul Band will perform classic soul/R&B/rock/pop/beach hits from 3-7 p.m.

Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Reusable Hook, Line & Drinker souvenir cups are included in the price of admission for all. Souvenir cups are required for craft beer vendor purchases by adults 21 and older.

A portion of net proceeds from the festival will benefit Trout Unlimited’s “Trout in the Classroom” programming for 2021-22 and the “Kids Fishing Day” program at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department.

New for 2021, organizers introduce the event’s very own festival brew. This special seasonal craft beer is “Hook, Line and Drinker Kolsch,” created by Innovation Brewing in Sylva. Proceeds from each pint sold will benefit the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s continued operation of the festival.

Festival organizers encourage everyone to be COVID-safe. Masks are preferred when not eating or drinking. There will be hand sanitizer available at each vendor booth and a limited number of face masks. Organizers strongly recommend anyone who is not vaccinated to wear a mask and keep a safe social distance.

Jackson County is the home of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and the NC Trout Capital. The WNC Fly Fishing Trail features 15 hot fishing spots that run from the northern end of the county to the southern end along the Tuckaseigee River. Jackson County is stocked with more trout than any other county in the state and is home to the largest recorded rainbow trout caught in North Carolina.

In December of 2019, the Southeast Tourism Society named the Hook, Line and Drinker Festival one of their Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2020.

For more information, visit the festival website at www.hooklinedrinkerfest.com, call the organizers at 586-2155 or visit the Festival’s Facebook page.