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Woods and Water — Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame to induct newcomers

Woods and Water — Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame to induct newcomers

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 10:45 pm
By: Rob Somerville

Garry Mason, founder and CEO of the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame, announced recently that Tom Knapp, Jerry Martin, Jack Oliver, George Cochran, Preston Pittman, Wally Marshall, Jimmy Houston and Cris Houston will be inducted into the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame during the annual induction ceremony to be held on Friday at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville. The Southeastern Outdoor Press Association will be receiving the inaugural Legends of the Outdoors American Organization of the Year for Outdoor Achievement Award. The “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the 7th annual event, where men and women who have made an impact and considerable contributions to the outdoors and the outdoor industry have been honored. “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. Nationally known hunting and fishing guide Garry Mason saw a need to recognize those who have contributed to the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing. Mason put together a committee of outdoor writers and others to nominate individuals who have dedicated their lives to the outdoors. Thus, the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame was created. The “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame Induction Banquet is unique and one of the only places on earth that I know of where you can meet people like Ray Scott, Hank Parker, Shaw Grigsby, Forrest L. Wood, Wade Bourne, Alex Rutledge and many other Legends of the Outdoors hall of Fame members and have an opportunity to visit with them one-on-one, get autographs and have photo opportunities with each of them. The inductees of the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame reads like a “Who’s-Who” of some of the most well known Outdoors personalities. The doors of the convention room will open at 5 p.m. Friday for the pre-ceremony time of meet and greet and, as usual, there will be a number of former Legends celebrities there to attend the festivities. A wonderful meal will be catered again this year and the meal will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the induction of the new Legends nominees following. This year’s guest entertainer will be country music entertainer, Kevin Blake Weldon. As in every Legends banquet in the past, the sponsors of the event will have displays inside and outside of the convention center with representatives of their companies on hand to provide information about the products displayed. A silent auction will be on-going as well as a live auction after the induction ceremony. Many unique items will be auctioned, including a one-of-a-kind hand carved “Legends of the Outdoor’s” National Hall of Fame duck decoy by Nebraska Master Wildlife Carver Ron Cleveland. For tickets to the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, sponsorship information and to make reservations for a special discounted rate for lodging at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville, contact: Garry Mason Legends of the Outdoors: 11020 Hwy 69-S Springville, TN 38256-5414 731-593-0171 office 731-693-7770 cell 731-593-5429 home grmason@aeneas.net Published in The Messenger 8.29.08

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