July 16, 2013 – SPRINGVILLE, Tenn. – Founder of the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame, Garry Mason, has released the 12th Annual “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame’s 2013 event date and venue. This year’s inductees and guests will be boarding one of the largest paddlewheel showboats in the country – the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen in Nashville, TN on Saturday, August 24th dockside along the Cumberland River. Boarding begins at 9:00 a.m. followed by the induction ceremony and banquet. This year’s guest speaker and recipient of The Guardian Eagle Award is Mr. Will Jimeno. A Port Authority Police Officer who survived the 9/11 attacks and later received the Port Authority’s Medal of Honor, Mr. Jimeno is also an avid bow-hunter and inspirational speaker.
2013 class of inductees include: Ray Eye – nationally known turkey hunter; Dick Idol –renowned white-tail deer hunter, sculptor and wildlife artist; Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland – Senior Vice-President Mossy Oak, nationally recognized outdoorsman and Mossy Oak Pro Staff; and Tom Morgan Crain – award winning wildlife artist; Sam Heaton, nationally known crappie fisherman; Dianna Clark, professional Bass angler; Don Wirth, nationally known outdoor writer, and Charles Dunkin, Chairman and CFO of the Dunkin-Lewis Inc. Fox Haas, will be receiving The American Outdoorsman of the Year Award for his work in outdoor conservation and Mike Stockdale, retired Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Supervisor, will be receiving The Davy Crockett Trailblazer Award. The Tennessee Sportsman of the Year will go to Dale Kelley of Huntingdon TN for his efforts in the creation of the new Carroll County One Thousand Acre lake.
“Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame members scheduled to attend and help induct the 2013 class are as follows: Toxey Haas, Byron Ferguson, Ralph McDonald, Soc Clay, Art Ladehof, Bill Huntley, Charlie Brewer, Jr., Charlie Ingram, Joella Bates, Other national outdoor celebrities will be forth coming.
The event is open to the public with an individual ticket price of $85 each. Sponsorship information and individual ticket reservations may be obtained through the “Legends of the Outdoors” website at www.legendsoftheoutdoors.com, or by calling 731-593-0171 or 731-693-7770.
The Nashville Bass Pro Shops store will host a meet and greet for the public at the store on Friday evening August 23, 2013 from 5 pm until 7pm. The public is invited to come out and meet the Legends in person free of charge for the Bass Pro Meet and Greet. Two tickets will be given away at this event Friday evening.
Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame
The “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame has been established to recognize those outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen who, through countless hours of hard work and devotion to the outdoors, in both hunting and fishing, have played an integral part in setting the standards and guidelines for the rest of the outdoor world to follow.
Selection process for the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame inductees:
Names of potential inductees are submitted to “The Legends of the Outdoors” by both outdoor writers and previously inducted members. From here, a list of potential inductees is submitted to a select group of outdoor writers and sportsmen. They are asked to chose up to 8 from the list and return the ballot with those names to “The Legends Committee.” The committee then takes the ballots and compiles a list for research, of the seven or eight names that received the most votes from this select group of outdoor writers. Each potential inductee is sent a letter stating that they have been nominated to be a “Legends of the Outdoors” Hall of Fame Member.
If chosen, they will be invited to attend this year’s banquet to accept their award. If, for some reason, they cannot attend, their name remains on the list each year until they can attend. Once a potential inductee becomes chosen by “The Legend’s Committee,” he or she will become a future inductee. His or her name cannot be removed from this list, and each year will be sent a letter of nomination until they are able to attend and thus be inducted.