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Cullman and BFHOF Officials Visit Auburn Fisheries

Written by on December 15, 2015 in News with 1 Comment

On April 25, 2013, Cullman city officials and Bass Fishing Hall of Fame board members traveled to the Auburn University Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures to learn more about the department and to discuss the goals for the planned Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) in Cullman.

“We thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the Auburn Fisheries Department officials and staff,” commented Cullman Mayor Max A. Townson who represented the City of Cullman along with Parks & Recreation Director John Hunt and Economic Development Agency Assistant Director Dale Greer. “They were very cordial and absolutely loved the idea of the Cullman Bass Fishing Hall of Fame being a teaching instrument, as well.”

BFHOF Board President Sammy Lee and Board Member Donald Howell attended the meeting, as well. The group met with several Auburn officials to discuss the possibility of partnering with the Auburn Fisheries Department to include an educational research center inside the Cullman BFHOF.

“We had the great privilege of meeting with Dr. David Rouse, Head of the Fisheries Department, Auburn University, and his staff to discuss the possibility of hosting Auburn with a ‘research center’ inside the BFHOF,” said BHFOF Board President Lee. “During the meeting everyone in attendance agreed that an association with Auburn’s Fisheries department will be extremely beneficial to all parties involved.”

The delegation traveling to Auburn also included Mr. Jeffery Brewer of Goodwin Mills & Cawood. Auburn officials who hosted the meeting included Dr. Russell Wright, Brian Keeter, Rusty Wright, David Cline, and Matt Catalano. During the visit, Auburn officials treated the visiting delegation to a tour of the facility.

“We enjoyed the tour of the Auburn Fisheries Department’s outstanding and unique facility,” stated Mayor Townson. “This was also my first visit to the campus of Auburn University, and I was very impressed with the attractive campus and beautiful buildings.”

After the meeting, Cullman officials were hopeful that an association with Auburn’s Fisheries Department would be possible for proposed Cullman BFHOF facility.

“Our dialogue seems to be completely in line with what the Auburn Fisheries Department is trying to accomplish,” said Cullman Mayor Townson.tempat wisata jogja

BFHOF Board President Lee concurred stating, “The next step is to meet with Dr. Gouge to see what’s needed to move this partnership forward.”

In February of 2013, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame officially announced that Cullman had been selected as the new host site for a hall of fame complex. The announcement was given at the annual Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Dinner held during the Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cullman officials were present at the meeting when the announcement was made. Upon hearing that Cullman was selected, Cullman Mayor Townson declared, “This is like landing a 20-pound bass with a 10-pound line on a spinner bait.” Cullman and Guntersville were the top two contenders. The proposed one-of-a-kind facility will include a large state-of-the-art civic center, hall of fame, aquarium, gift shop, exhibit space, and more. The facility will be constructed as a joint project between the City of Cullman and Cullman County on the former Burrow Property on County Road 222.


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  1. Congratulations to my Uncle Billy (or as he introduced himself to my husband “The Good twin”). It has been a long, hard road. I still miss B. but Sue is a good bean (as Pawpaw used to say…). Hope all is well with T & B and Ms. Edie. — LSM

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