LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will relocate to Long Beach this year. The four day event held over July 4th weekend will be at the pavilion next to the Long Beach Harbor. A Long Beach Port Commissioner confirmed to WLOX News that his board voted overwhelming Thursday night to allow the rodeo to operate out of the Long Beach Harbor.
Rodeo organizers consider the move a good opportunity. Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo President Mike Casano told us the Island View property where the rodeo was held last year was not available this year. Casano said the city of Gulfport tried to find other sites, but they weren't suitable for the rodeo. He said the Long Beach Harbor has what the rodeo needs.
This would be the city's first time hosting the event. Mayor Billy Skellie says this is an exciting opportunity for the city.
For years, the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo called Rice Pavilion home. But after the pavilion got washed way by Hurricane Katrina, the rodeo has to move, first to the fairgrounds, then to Point Cadet in Biloxi, and then to the Island View. Casano said Harrison County and the city of Long Beach offered the pavilion, which is already equipped with power, they decided to move west.
The festival will run from July 1st through the 4th, but the rodeo itself may be only three days this year. Casano said nothing has been set in stone just yet.