For 36 years, the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival has relied on an army of volunteers to plan, organize, implement, staff and operate what has become the largest single-species fishing tournament in the world. No, it didn't happen overnight and it's no coincidence that this is the largest Kingfish tournament in the world. It's a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, the "heart and soul" of the tournament.
Whether a member of the Board, Operating Committee or a general volunteer each individual stands equally as a major contributor to the success of the event.
After months of Operating Committee meetings throughout the year to plan and organize, volunteer numbers can increase to as many as 200 during tournament week. Volunteers register anglers, stuff Captain's Bags, stock and sell beverages, wash and set-up tables and chairs, solicit for prizes, sell and count tokens, tote bags of ice, carry fish, hang banners and signs, prepare the tournament site, operate water taxis, account for boats at Check-in/Check-out, maintain communications with anglers, breakdown the site after the tournament, and award lots of prizes!
Most of our volunteers work full time jobs or are full time students. Others work part time or may be retired. For some, the 35th year of the Tournament will be their rookie season. While others will mark this 34th Anniversary as a veteran with more than 1, 5, 10, 20 or yes – 34 years! All our volunteers bring with them a sense of willingness to serve their community with an emphasis on having fun!
THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!
CLICK HERE for information on volunteering with the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament.