Tournaments and festivals overtake St. Marys this weekend

ST. MARYS, W.Va (WTAP)- Saturday is both the St. Marys catfish fishing tournament and onion festival.

The onion festival is in it’s 15th year and will take place on a portion of Washington Street. Last year, the festival sold 1,200 lbs of onions. Dave Robey, and event organizer predicts that a few thousand people will attend the event.

The fishing tournament is in it’s 11th year and is put on my the St. Mary’s Police Department at the St. Marys Marina. The tournament is divided into a bank division and a boat division where cat fishers in teams of two compete to haul in the biggest catch for even bigger prizes.

“We’ve increased out payout. If you’re fishing in the boat division…it’s $1,000 to win for first place, $650 for second, $350 for third, and that’s guaranteed money. So I have a lot of sponsors. They really stepped up this year….just to show that small town still survives,” says Sgt. Jason Reed of the St. Marys Police department and a tournament organizer.

Registration for the tournament begins at 6:30 Saturday morning.

More information can be found on the St. Marys Police Department Facebook page.