Catfish Tournament Sept 3rd to Benefit Focus Marines Foundation

Missouri River Excursions and Trail Smoke House are excited to announce their 1st annual Catfish tournament on Labor Day weekend, Saturday September 3rd. This is a Jug and Pole tournament which requires a little more skill than line setting.

Preregistration is highly recommended. Registration starts at 6:00 am at the parking lot across from Trail Smoke House, 2886 South Hwy 94, Defiance Mo. The boats will be released at 7:00 a.m. and must return by 4:30 p.m. First, second and third prizes will be awarded to the teams with the four largest catfish by weight; and one prize will be awarded for the largest single catfish by weight.

Following the tournament, there will be live music from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Drink specials and complimentary food provided to contestants. Great Bar-b-que and other drinks available all evening for everyone else. Please plan to come out and support this great cause.

100% of all tournament profits to go to “Focus Marines Foundation.” The Focus Marines Foundation, originally known as Midwest Marines Foundation, is a nationally recognized organization with a facility in southwestern St. Charles County, Missouri. It was conceived, designed, and established by Marine Corps Veterans with the mission to help our current generation of Marines, Sailors, Navy Corpsmen, and other service members.  The objective of the Focus program is to help each Marine and any post 9/11 veteran become an active member of society and realize his or her dreams, goals and full potential. FMF has since teamed with several veteran support organizations with missions consistent with ours.  Two of the most significant organizations are the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) , and the U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR). Working together, we have had the opportunity to serve nearly 500 marines, sailors, and soldiers in our efforts with the FOCUS program.

Donors to FMF can rest assured that their generosity goes directly to helping injured warriors transition from the battlefield to civilian life.  Operational and administrative costs are kept to an absolute minimum, all facilities for the training and housing of course participants and team leaders are provided at no charge to the organization,  so that your contribution goes to the execution of our week-long workshops and mentoring program.

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