Saturday is shaping up as a busy morning on Warren County's lakes.
Beginning at 4:a.m., as many as 100 fishermen are expected to descend on Lake Chotard for the 13th annual Area 10 Special Olympics Large Bass Tournament.
A couple hours later and a few miles out, at Eagle Lake, several dozen swimmers will hit the water for the first MS Open Water Swim Championship.
The bass tournament will also feature an arts and crafts area and a small bass tournament for children, as fish fry and a raffle for a bass boat. The entry fee is $100 per two-man boat, plus a $5 launch fee, and all proceeds benefit the Special Olympics. Check-in begins at 4 a.m. at Chotard Landing, and fishing at 6. There are hourly prizes for the biggest fish, as well as an overall $1,000 prize for the largest bass of the day.
The Open Water Swim is an event put on by the Vicksburg Swim Association, and its proceeds will benefit that group. The registration fee is $40, plus a required $10 registration fee with USA Swimming Swimmers will start from Messina Landing and make their way around a one-mile course filled with buoys, lifeguards, kayaks and scores of safety personnel.
In the lake full of various critters - alligators, snakes, turtles and fish, to name a few - plenty of safety precautions are being taken, said Sheri Wallace, meet director for swim. Wallace is hoping the inaugural event draws between 25 and 50 swimmers.
"That would be an excellent turnout," Wallace said, "We would like it to be between 25 and 50 to keep the numbers small so we can keep track of them.
For information, call Nina Simpson at 601-638-4683, Ronnie McGowan at 601-638-1064 or Pauline Vessell at 601-526-4333. (The Vicksburg Post)