The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo will fish as scheduled in July, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rodeo made a social media post today saying that the 2020 "will happen", while asking fishermen to register for the event.

The rodeo is one of the longest-standing rodeos in the Gulf South and one of the biggest draws, attracting thousands of people to the island and generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in business for the Jefferson Parish community.

By late-July, Louisiana will be (if there are no setbacks) in advanced phases of the re-opening plan laid out by the Federal Government. Regardless, fishing in small groups is one of the activities that has been declared safe because of the natural social distancing that takes place while participating in the hobby.

There is no official word yet on if there will be an official "awards ceremony" attached this year's rodeo.

Other events have pondered whether to allow just fishing and weigh-ins and to maybe mail trophies and awards out after the event.

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