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SpearFest 2009 this weekend in FMB

By Staff | Sep 8, 2009

Fish-Tale Marina, headquartered in Fort Myers Beach, is hosting SpearFest 2009, a spearfishing tournament and photo contest which will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

The three-day event will be held this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13. The top cash prize to be offered is $1,000. Team and individual competitions will be held, with scuba, freedivers, and families welcome.

Teams of up to three members may enter the spearfishing competition. A Friday, Sept. 11 captain’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. The competition can begin at daylight on Saturday, Sept. 12, and will conclude by 8 p.m.

The photo contest includes four categories of photos taken under water by divers: macro, wide angle, diver interaction and fish portrait. The cost for entering is $20, plus $2 for each image.

In addition to the spearfishing and photo competition on Saturday, Sept. 12, a diving expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a variety of information booths will be available.

The awards ceremonies for all events will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13. Individuals not participating in the competition may attend at a banquet cost of $25.

Additional information about all the events or registration may be obtained by calling 239-872-6907 or visiting www.DiversOnly.com.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to needy people through a network of nearly 160 local non-profit agencies, which serve more than 20,000 people every month.

For more information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, call 239-334-7007 or go to www.harrychapinfoodbank.org.