Trout Unlimited 30th Banquet and Auction is Feb. 12

ARTU514_logoThe 30th annual Conservation Banquet and Auction for Arkansas Trout Unlimited Chapter 514 in Northwest Arkansas is set for Friday, Feb. 12 at the Fayetteville Town Center.

The evening includes a live and silent auction, dinner catered by Spring Street Grill, cash bar, raffle items, and a short awards program. All proceeds help this non-profits group’s conservation efforts for cold water fisheries. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. an dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Go early to check out the silent and live auction items and to sign up for the raffle.

The raffle includes a Wilderness System kayak with paddle, life vest, and rod holder from Ozark Mountain Trading Company, and a camping package from Cabela’s. Live auction items include guided fishing trips, weekend getaways, artwork, and fishing equipment. The silent auction has home décor items, jewelry, restaurant and massage gift certificates, fishing gear, and more. Some of the fishing equipment to be auctioned includes: a rod, rod holder, and line from Cortland Line Company, and two rods from Rugged Creek Fly Rods.

Tickets are $85 for couples, $50 for single adults, and $20 for a youth tickets (16 and younger). Trophy Tables are also available and come with special reserved seating and commemorative gifts from TU. Rainbow Trout Tables for four are $300 and Brown Trout Tables for eight are $550. Rainbow and Brown Trout tables must be purchased in advanced. Single tickets can be purchased at the door and at McLellan’s Fly Shop in Fayetteville. For advance tickets contact Ron Blackwelder at 713-819-6980.

Arkansas TU Chapter 514 is based in the northwest corner of the state and is one of three active TU chapters located within Arkansas. It has monthly meetings February-May and September-November. Summer break is June-August and winter break is December-January when monthly meetings are not scheduled. However, the chapter holds regional events and tailwaters projects throughout the calendar year. If you are interested in protection, restoration and conservation of the area’s fishable waters, join this group and get involved. Find out more at

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