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Swollfest total donations are over  $1,000,000+ to various charities, organizations, and research institutions.


Wednesday June 8, 2016

19th Annual Swollfest Fishing Rodeo begins

*This is only an extra fishing day

**There is NO weigh-in, registration, food, or beverage served today

Thursday June 9, 2016

*There is NO food or beverage served today

9:00am – Rodeo set up begins

12:00pm – Registration and merchandise sales open (Sand Dollar Marina Pavilion)

4:30pm – 6:30pm – Weigh – in 

Friday June 10, 2016

12:00pm – Registration and merchandise sales open

4:00pm – Artist tents open

4:30pm – 6:30pm – Weigh – In

5:00pm – 7:00pm – food/beverage will be served

7:00pm-11:00pm – Chris Leblanc Band live





Saturday June 11, 2016

12:00pm – Registration and merchandise sales open

3:00pm – Late Registration ends

4:00pm – Artist tents open

4:30pm – 6:30pm – Weigh – In

5:00pm – 7:00pm – food/beverage will be served

5:00pm – 8:00pm – Tomplay live

8:00pm (Approximate) – Swollfest Awards Ceremony, check presentation/Inspirational Award, and raffle drawing will begin.

9:30pm – until – Live Music begins on the dock by the All Munn Brothers






Swollfest has come a long way since its inception nearly two decades ago.  Stemming from an idea discussed at a backyard barbeque in high school, Swollfest was established in 1997 by Nick Rauber when three fathers, their sons, and two friends spent a weekend together on Grand Isle. The original crew of eight being Keith Luminais Sr. and Jr., Ryan and Terry Malone, Nick and Ronnie Rauber, Damien Drouant, and Jerry Conrad.

This first rodeo crowned the “swollest” (largest) fish caught by one of its eight participants with a tiny five dollar trophy.  After having a good time that weekend, the crew decided to try the event again the following year.  With a few more people interested, the second annual brought a total of 18 participants.  The second year marked the beginning of Swollfest T-shirts, as well as additional categories for fish.  The rodeo maintained this growth, and by 2000, it had 52 participants.

The fifth annual Swollfest was a pivotal event, marking the beginning of Swollfest’s philanthropic efforts to benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  This charity was chosen because of Nick’s close relationship with his stepfather, Sid Seruntine, a Type I diabetic diagnosed in 1993.  Over the years, Swollfest established itself as a prominent rodeo, boasting over 100+ sponsors, 600+ participants, television news broadcasts, radio air time, newspaper write ups, and thousands of dollars worth of prizes.  Since 1997, Swollfest donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to ADA, benefiting its educational and research efforts. Placing Swollfest in the Top 25 fundraisers nationwide for the Tour de Cure!

 Thank you for your contributions to help fight diabetes and hopefully one day find a cure!

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