Anglers will line the Seneca River shores this time next week attempting to reel in the biggest catch.
That's right -- the second annual ACST NE Regionals are back in Baldwinsville. With 42 2-person teams signed up as of last week (that's eight more than last year's total), this year is in line to be much bigger and better than last.
"The number of teams is up and the number of people coming forward to volunteer has been outstanding," said Kathleen Kelly, the publicist of ACS Tournaments LLC and a Baldwinsville native. "Both local and some of our own circuit anglers who are not competing are coming in to marshal, and, of course, the community has really rolled out the red carpet again."
The people behind the red carpet treatment are members of the Baldwinsville Tournament Committee formed by the Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Agency who Nancy Landon, a committee member responsible for communications, calls problem solvers.
"We have a good blend of people providing a broad scope of resources," Landon said. "Where other communities only allow the anglers to fish, we get involved because we want to show off our community."
These efforts have paid off since many of the anglers are bringing their wives and families this year, whereas last year they didn't.
"This event definitely brings economic benefits to the area," Landon said. "Once (anglers) get a taste of the area, they come back with family. We have fun watching them enjoy what we know is a great place, the economy gets a shot in the arm and the anglers enjoy themselves. It's a win-win on both sides."
The ACST NE Regionals begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday May 13 with volunteer marshal training at the Red Mill Inn.
On Wednesday, the teams and local committees will parade from the Red Mill Inn and around Paper Mill Island ending at the Budweiser Amphitheater for the opening ceremony, which the public is invited to. Adding a unique touch to the ceremony, the committee has invited the Rotary District 7150 exchange students to welcome visitors to Baldwinsville, each in their native tongue. Afterwards, a lottery is held for team placement.