ALEXANDRIA, Va. – With hundreds of on-water events planned in cities and towns across the country, the 2004 National Fishing & Boating Week (NFBW) will be the biggest since the event's inception, according to a release today from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.
The fourth annual celebration of fishing and boating, created by RBFF, gets underway Saturday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 13. It will include fishing derbies, regattas and festivals – all with the common goal of letting people experience fun on the water, RBFF said.
"National Fishing and Boating Week is gaining momentum, with more communities, more events and more people involved this year than ever before," said Bruce Matthews, president of RBFF. "The popularity of outdoor activities is on the rise, and many people who haven't been fishing or boating in a while are rediscovering how much fun it is to take the whole family out on the water.”
The festivities kick off on June 5 in New York City, when former National Football League coach Jimmy Johnson makes the ceremonial first cast of the week in Central Park. Johnson was named the NFBW honorary chairperson.
RBFF said it selected New York City as the location for the ceremonial first cast to help demonstrate that no matter where you live, there are great places to fish and boat close to home - even if you live in the most populated metropolis in the country. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 90 percent of all Americans live within a one-hour's drive of a body of water.