Bassmaster visits Dayton for BASSFest planning


Pictured from left, Mayor Gary Louallen, RETC Director Dennis Tumlin, B.A.S.S. Eric Lopez and Ben Ashby – Photo: Elmer Harris

Bassmaster reps meet with local officials to discuss BASSFest which is scheduled for June 11-15, in Dayton.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Coming to Dayton, TN - June 11-15, 2014
Dayton, TN – June 11-15, 2014

Dayton, TN — B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) has chosen Dayton, TN, to host the largest celebration in the history of bass fishing, BASSFest. The week-long fan-friendly festival will be highlighted by the Elite Series Tour, to which some of the top Bassmaster Opens pros will be invited to test their skills against the best bass fishermen in the nation.

An event of this size requires careful and diligent planning.  Bassmaster representatives, Eric Lopez and Ben Ashby met with Mayor Louallen, RETC Director Dennis Tumlin, and RCSD Chief John Argo  to lay the groundwork for the BASSFest event.

Billed to be the largest bash fishing extravaganza of all-time, the group considered logistics for the event including traffic, crowd control, and security.   Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal and Dayton Police Chief Chris Sneed have committed to overseeing the 100+ volunteers working the event, shuttle/golf carts, traffic control, pedestrian shuttle buses, and security for Bassmasters Media Center. Up to the event, RETC Director Dennis Tumlin will work hand-in-glove with B.A.S.S.’s Eric Lopez to ensure the event’s success.


Other than the Bassmaster Classic, this could be the biggest tournament there has ever been. It is truly a festival around our sport.

Jerry McKinnis – Owner B.A.S.S.


The first of its kind event, combines a tournament with a festival that is sure to attract throngs of bass fans from across the country. If you are a vendor that would like to reserve space for the event, please email Dennis Tumlin at

“Other than the Bassmaster Classic, this could be the biggest tournament there has ever been,” said B.A.S.S. co-owner Jerry McKinnis. “It is truly a festival around our sport.”

The heart of BASSfest is a unique tournament at Chickamauga Lake. Besides the Elite Series pros, the top 20 anglers from each of the three Bassmaster Open tours will be invited to compete against the likes of Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers and Aaron Martens.

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