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12 Ways You can Win at the Forrest Wood Cup

12 Ways You can Win at the Forrest Wood Cup
The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup field is set. Fifty anglers will duel on Lake Ouachita in August for the $500,000 top prize.

Witnessing history as FLW’s best anglers vie for the richest championship package in fishing is the main attraction, but there are a lot of bonuses for those who attend the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup in Columbia, S.C., presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country Aug. 14-17. All sorts of free goodies and samples from the FLW family of sponsors and exhibitors await visitors to the FLW Expo, beginning Friday, Aug. 15, and the chance to win a range of special prizes provides added incentive. Here’s the lineup of some of the added attractions:

1. Boy Scout Fishing Adventure at the Forrest Wood Cup

FLW has teamed up with Walmart FLW Tour pro Tom Redington and the Boy Scouts of America to offer one Scout the chance to win a family fishing adventure at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Visit the BSA Facebook page to learn more. This package includes:

  • five nights’ accommodations in Columbia during the Cup
  • admittance to the pretournament banquet as Tom Redington’s guest of honor
  • VIP tour of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena on Saturday, Aug. 16
  • VIP fishing trip for two on Sunday, Aug. 17 (7 to 10 a.m.)
  • VIP seating for all weigh-ins and the Rodney Atkins concert presented by 97.5 WCOS-FM
  • $500 VISA gift card to offset travel expenses.

2. WIS-TV 10 “Fish With a Pro” Giveaway

Columbia’s WIS-TV 10 is offering a viewer and a guest the opportunity to fish with a Walmart FLW Tour pro on Saturday, Aug. 16. Tackle will be provided. The prize list includes a pro-autographed jersey, VIP seating for six during daily weigh-ins and the Rodney Atkins concert presented by 97.5 WCOS-FM in Colonial Life Arena Sunday, Aug. 17. Watch the WIS-TV 10 news at 6 a.m. July 16-25 for the “word of the day” and text it to 80310 for the chance to win a Daiwa rod-and-reel combo and FLW cap. Ten winners from the “word of the day” contest will be entered to win the “Fish With a Pro” grand prize. Visit wistv.com for details, and be sure to watch WIS-TV 10 for the latest Forrest Wood Cup news.

3. The Free Times “Fish Tales” Giveaway

The Free Times of Columbia is offering readers the chance to win a limited-edition Walmart FLW Tour die-cast boat valued at $200, plus a one-year FLW membership and kids’ rod-and-reel combo, complete with a tackle assortment and VIP seating for six at the weigh-ins and Rodney Atkins concert. Visit free-times.com and submit a “Fish Tale” for the chance to win.

4. WLTX News 19 Facebook “Gear Up for the Forrest Wood Cup” Giveaway

WLTX of Columbia is giving away Plano tackle bags loaded with Rapala lures and fishing line, as well as Typhoon sunglasses, FLW caps and VIP seating for five at the daily weigh-ins and Rodney Atkins concert. “Like” WLTX News 19 on Facebook and participate July 28 to Aug. 6.

5. WLTX News 19 Rods and Reels Giveaway

The first 500 children ages 14 and under to attend the FLW Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center when the doors open at 10 a.m. on Aug. 16-17 will receive a voucher for a free Zebco 33 rod-and-reel combo presented by WLTX News 19. The voucher can be redeemed for the combo at the main exits of Colonial Life Arena following each day’s weigh-in. Vouchers must be redeemed on the day issued and may not be redeemed before weigh-in. Follow all of the Forrest Wood Cup news at wtlx.com.

6. 97.5 WCOS-FM Ranger Z521C Powered by Mercury Giveaway

A fan in attendance at the Forrest Wood Cup’s final weigh-in Sunday, Aug. 17 will win a new Ranger Z521C powered by a 250-hp Mercury outboard from 97.5 WCOS-FM. The drawing for the rig will take place following the final weigh-in, and the winner must be present to win. Entry forms will be available at the front entrance to the FLW Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, at select promotional stops including Love Chevrolet, and online at ForrestWoodCup.com and 975wcos.com. Stay tuned to 97.5 FM for updates at the Forrest Wood Cup.   

7. Rodney Atkins Concert Presented by 97.5 WCOS-FM

As the official country station of the Forrest Wood Cup, 97.5 WCOS-FM is staging a free family-friendly concert featuring country music artist Rodney Atkins on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Colonial Life Arena starting at 4 p.m. Visit 975wcos.com, and stay tuned to 97.5 FM.  

8. State of South Carolina Bass & BBQ Festival

South Carolina is the birthplace of barbeque, and nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina the weekend of the Forrest Wood Cup when the Bass & BBQ Festival presented by The State gets underway outside the Colonial Life Arena. Co-sponsored by FLW and the South Carolina Barbeque Association, “Bass & BBQ” will offer barbeque from 30 of the state’s top barbeque teams on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Two-ounce samples of delectable barbeque will be available for $5 on Saturday, and the full menus will be available on Sunday. Visit thestate.com for additional Bass & BBQ information as well as complete coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup action.

9. Capital City Lake Murray Country Challenge Presented by Lamar

Columbia dignitaries will be fishing alongside pros Saturday, Aug. 16 in the “Capital City Lake Murray Country Challenge” presented by Lamar Advertising. This charity fundraiser features two-person teams paired with Wamart FLW Tour pros, each competing for $500 to be donated to the charity of their choice. Takeoff will be at Dreher Island State Park at 7:10 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a 12:30 p.m. weigh-in on the FLW stage in the Bass & BBQ Festival presented by The State outside Colonial Life Arena and the Columbia Metroplitan Convention Center. For more information about Lamar, visit lamar.com/columbia.

10. WNKT-FM Seminar Room and Typhoon Sunglasses Giveaway

WNKT-FM is giving away Typhoon sunglasses, FLW caps, rods and reels, and VIP tours in association with the Forrest Wood Cup at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena Aug. 14-17. “Like” WNKT-FM on Facebook, and tune in to 107.5 FM for a chance to win. If learning the bass-fishing secrets of the pros is also on your agenda, visit the WNKT-FM Seminar Room in the FLW Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Aug. 15-17 for expert advice. The first 30 fans in attendance at each seminar will receive a free Rapala lure from WNKT-FM. Visit 1075thegame.com for details.

11. Ultimate Fishing Getaway

This contest has closed, but one lucky fan will get to join David Dudley, Scott Martin, Andy Morgan, Mark Rose, Bryan Thrift, Jacob Wheeler, Chad Grigsby, JT Kenney, Dave Lefebre, Ish Monroe, Larry Nixon or Forrest Wood as FLW’s guest of honor at the Forrest Wood Cup for having text DUDLEY, SMARTIN, MORGAN, MROSE, THRIFT, WHEELER, GRIGSBY, KENNEY, LEFEBRE, MONROE, NIXON or FORREST to 55678. The winner's package includes the following:

  • five nights’ accommodations
  • guest-of-honor status at the pretournament banquet where all Cup qualifiers will be feted
  • VIP tour of the Columbia, S.C., Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena on Saturday, Aug. 16
  • fishing trip for two on Sunday, Aug. 17 (7 to 10 a.m.)
  • VIP seating at all weigh-ins as well as the free Rodney Atkins concert presented by 97.5 WCOS-FM at 4 p.m. Sunday
  • autographed jersey from the pro whose name the winner texted at 55678
  • $500 VISA gift card to offset travel expenses

12. Fish with Team Chevy at the Forrest Wood Cup

One lucky fan will be selected this week to be Chevy’s guest in Columbia with this package, which includes:

  • three nights’ accommodations for two Aug. 15-17
  • VIP fishing experience for two with a Team Chevy pro on Saturday, Aug. 16 (7 to 10 a.m.)
  • VIP tour of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena on Sunday, Aug. 17
  • VIP seating for all weigh-ins and the Rodney Atkins concert presented by 97.5 WCOS-FM
  • official FLW jersey autographed by the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup champion
  • $500 Visa gift card to offset travel expenses

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