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The Greatest Show in Sportfishing at The Wharf this Summer

April 29, 2016

'Billfish Week' to feature boats, billfish, bikinis and even a Bentley! The Blue Marlin Grand Championship returns to The Wharf in Orange Beach July 13-17. The week begins at 5:00 PM Wednesday, July 13 with the opening of the Sponsor Village featuring local, regional and national vendors in the marine industry along with artists and boat manufacturers. The 2016 Blue Marlin Grand Championship also features the Billfish Outboard Boat Show. Barber Marine, Legendary Marine, MarineMax, Grander Marine, Marine Group and American Marine Brokerage will all have boats on display on Main Street. Also, Galati Yachts Sales, Gulf Coast Yacht Group and Marine Group will all have in water displays during the tournament at The Wharf Marina.

Wednesday night will also feature live entertainment beginning at 7:00 PM with a street party and the Spectra Light and Sound Show. The ‘One and Only Miss Billfish Contest’ returns at 9:00 PM on the Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament stage located at Marlin Circle.

All sixty-one competing boats will depart The Wharf on Thursday, July 14 at 11:00 AM as the tournament officially begins with the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores Boat Parade. Hundreds of fans line Canal Road to watch millions and millions of dollars of sportfishing yachts make their way to the Gulf of Mexico. The fun continues on Thursday at 5:00 PM with the weekly ‘Thursdays on Main’ street party featuring live music at The Wharf. The Sponsor Village will also open at 5:00 PM as will the Billfish Outboard Boat Show.

On Friday, July 15, the Sponsor Village and Billfish Outboard Boat Show will open at 6:00 PM. At 7:00 the 2016 Blue Marlin Grand Championship ‘Weigh-In Spectacular’ begins with the National Anthem and the Opening Ceremony Video Presentation. The weigh scales open at 7:00 and will remain open until 10:00 PM. Jim Cox will host the evening as the first fish of the tournament make their way to the scales. The evening will also include special interviews, and in-depth looks at the teams fishing in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Friday night also includes the wildly popular fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Fighting Chair Challenge.

Saturday, July 16 at 5:00 PM, the Sponsor Village opens as does the Billfish Outboard Boat Show. ‘The Greatest Show in Sportfishing’ begins at 5:00 PM as all sixty-one teams return to The Wharf for tournament weigh-ins. The weigh-ins will feature video presentations, presentations of Colors, the National Anthem and live television coverage. Jim Cox, Kelly Jones and Terra Reeves will host the weigh-ins live on Local 15 (NBC) from 7:00-900PM and again for a tournament wrap-up show from 10:15-10:35. The weigh scales will close at 10:00 PM with the announcement of the 2016 Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament Champions.

'Billfish Week' concludes on Sunday, July 17 as country music superstar Dierks Bentley brings the Somewhere On A Beach Tour to The Wharf Amphitheater along with special guests: Randy Houser, Cam & Tucker Beathard.

For the complete tournament schedule visit the Blue Marlin Grand Championship website.

The Greatest Show in Sportfishing at The Wharf this Summer

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