Fish festival coming

By Country News

A lucrative freshwater fishing festival is set to call Nagambie home for the next two years, with hopes it will draw thousands of anglers and their families to the region.

Announced last week, the two-year deal will see up to 5000 competitors participate in fishing competition GoFish Nagambie, with more than $500000 in prizes on offer.

The event will feature family friendly entertainment, educational programs and the opportunity to promote the region’s epicurean offerings and small businesses.

GoFish Nagambie organisers expect it will inject up to $30million into the local economy over two years.

Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister John Eren said he expected the event to boost local businesses.

‘‘Nagambie is one of the best places to cast a line in Victoria — this festival will provide great exposure and attract thousands of visitors to the region,’’ Mr Eren said.

The Victorian Government helped secure the festival though its $20million Regional Events Fund.

GoFish Nagambie will take place from April 25 to 28, 2019 and again in 2020.

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