Bass Pro launches its World Fishing Fair event

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Bass Pro World Fishing Fair kicked off its major event on Tuesday (3/29/22). Part festival, part celebration marks 50 years of Bass Pro since Johnny Morris opened its shops on Campbell Avenue.

The retail giant expects half a million people to come and enjoy the festivities. Morris said there would be a show come rain or shine. Big names in the fishing industry come to take part in the celebration.

“We just had a big tournament,” said Jimmy Houston, a professional fisherman. “Bill Roland and I fished and we finished first, second and third. How many people were in the Bill tournament? Three? laughing.”

Springfield resident Bill Hendrix lives across the street from all the activities at Bass Pro.

“I’ll be sitting in my backyard with my fire pit listening to music,” Hendrix said.

Although Hendrix is ​​close to bustling, visitors will need to park in specific areas.

A shuttle will take people from their parking spot to the action. Bass Pro said the shuttle will spin quickly.

Campbell Avenue will be closed from Sunshine to Cherokee beginning at midnight Tuesday. Bass Pro said there will still be events on Wednesday and there will be plenty of tents to protect people from the rain.

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