MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Some of the best bass fishermen in the world wrapped up their last day of practice here Wednesday. They're in town to compete for the $100,000 prize in the Bassmaster All Star Championships on the Alabama River. The city is gearing up for a huge celebration.
It will be no small event. "There's construction going on all around this area right now... it's my job to turn it into a production," says Eric Lopez, Director of Event Operations for Bassmaster. "Stage, audio testing, Toyota's setting up a stage, we also have the expo going on in the parking lot"
His team has a big job - to get ready for a big crowd. "We have such great success in Montgomery... We're bringing in a 2nd jumbotron to accommodate crowds who can't make it in here can see our weigh in."
And not just the crowd in Montgomery, this show will be streamed live on-line. Lopez says there are "satellites, generators, power, banners that need to be hung"
It will take dozens of people the next couple of days to get ready for the show on land, while the 8 anglers are preparing for the show they will put on on the water.
"I'm at a huge disadvantage, and I'm not having a very good practice." Angler Terry Scroggins has spent the last two days on the Alabama River. He says, "it's just tough. It's the middle of July, anywhere you go in the country is gonna be tough."
And he'll compete head to head against his roommate and Alabamian Gerald Swindle. "And it's kinda getting in my head a little bit, because I know what I got to do to beat him," says Scroggins
Win or lose, this event is about the fans and free family fun.
Lopez says " A lot of times children are more interested, parents are more interested. This is one of those events that plays to everyone."