Concert to Benefit Grand Isle Industries Hurt by Oil Spill
BY FRANK J. BORNE, JR.
Ordinarily, this time of year would be one of much activity on Jefferson Parish’s southernmost community, Grand Isle. The town’s officials and residents would be preparing to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, which was established in 1928 and is the longest-running fishing competition in the United States.
However, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has put a halt to plans for this year’s event. Instead, the 2010 Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo Committee has cancelled the rodeo and will hold an Island Aid Concert instead to benefit the Grand Isle Alive campaign. The campaign promotes the island’s culture and heritage, and proceeds will be used in the rebuilding of the island’s fishing and tourism industry.
The concert will be held on Saturday, July 24, and starts at 11:00 a.m. on the beach directly across from the Grand Isle Community Center located at 3811 Louisiana Hwy. 1. An outstanding line-up of musical acts is planned, including Little River Band, Doug Kershaw, Amanda Shaw, Lorrie Morgan and The Wiseguys.
For more information, log on to www.tarponrodeo.org.
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