The city known as the Bass Fishing Capital of the World will be getting a new trophy to show off by the end of the year — a 11-foot statue of a largemouth bass, intended to be a draw for tourists heading into town.
Eufaula mayor Jack Tibbs said he hoped the statue would be a great photo opportunity for visitors that “should bring lots of attention to our city, the Big Bass Capital of the World.” The project was funded with private donations and a grant from the Alabama tourism department.
“Main Street Eufaula is very excited about this new adventure and the fact that it has turned into a destination featuring the new Splash pad, Big Bass and the Walking trail,” said Main Street Eufaula Director Ann Sparks.
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“We can now promote this area of downtown with our State of Alabama Welcome Centers. We are developing rack cards to advertise with out-of-town guests, promote to incoming and potential conventions, fishing tournaments, family reunions, and the list goes on.”
“It’s going to be a lifelike, colorful painting. It’ll look exactly like a fish. It’s going to be really cool,” said Sparks.
She said she expects the statue to be completed by Thanksgiving.
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