Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Announces Dates
for Signature Winter Festivals “on Ice” Nov 13, 2013

 Southwest Wyoming travel destination Hosts Annual Ice Fishing Derby, Ice Carving Competition

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County, Wyo., at the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 191 in the southwest part of the state, today announced the dates for its signature winter events. The Burbot Bash, a fishing derby with two prize-filled weekends and weeks more of prime fishing opportunities, starts Nov. 15. Sweetwater County’s other signature event, the Crystal Classic Winter Festival, has something for everyone to “love” and takes place Feb. 14-15.  

Nov. 15-Jan. 26: Burbot Bash, Flaming Gorge Reservoir
The Burbot Bash fishing derby has been revamped and expanded this year to span more than two months. The event helps rid the Flaming Gorge Reservoir of the “ugliest fish in the West,” the invasive cod-like Burbot. The kick-off weekend is Nov. 15-17. During this time prizes will be given for the most Burbot, biggest Burbot and smallest Burbot. A closing weekend will be held on Jan. 24-26 with additional prizes in the same categories. All tagged fish caught between Nov. 15 and Jan. 26 are worth a “bounty” of at least $200 in cash and gift certificates. Four of the 50 newly tagged fish will net prizes up to $25,000! All Burbot Bash registrants are automatically entered to win a two-year lease on a brand new 2014 F-150 Ford truck. Fishermen and women must register to be eligible for prizes. Visit this link to sign up.

Feb. 14-15: Crystal Classic Winter Festival, Green River
This fun winter takes place at and around Expedition Island, a 7.1 acre community park in the town of Green River. The National Ice Carving Association (NICA) sanctions a portion of the ice carving competition, which features $12,000 in cash prizes! Visitors line up to see the carvings that are created by professional and amateur artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Other activities include a soup cook-off, the human dog sled races, a pancake breakfast, s’mores stations, kids’ games (including an ice cube hunt), the snow boot softball tournament, music, fireworks, and food. The Frostbite Crystal Classic 5K Run/Walk is on Saturday, and the race course gives participants an up-close view of the ice art. The entire event is free to spectators, though there is a registration fee for the softball tournament, ice carving competitions, and the 5K. For more information and to register call 307-872-0511.

For more information visit www.tourwyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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