It’s underway! The 50th anniversary celebration of Bass Pro Shops and The World’s Fishing Fair got started Tuesday afternoon. The Opening Ceremonies , moved up from Wednesday morning to Tuesday afternoon because of Wednesday’s rainy weather, kicked off with music, dignitaries, and celebrities. Lee Greenwood brought the crowd to its feet with his tribute to America, “God Bless The USA!”


Governor Mike Parsons addressed the audience proudly proclaiming his pride for the great state of Missouri, “The home of Bass Pro Shops.” Springfield’s Mayor, Ken McClure encoded the Governors appreciation for Bass Pro Shops and it’s founder, Johnny Morris by handing him the key to the city.

Plaques were handed out to longtime employees and partners of Bass Pro Shops and their 50 years of operation. The festivities wrapped up with a ribbon cutting and a ceremonial “First Cast” from the professional fisherman including legends, Jimmy Houston, Roland Martin, and Bill Dance.

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Continue throughout the weekend. Don’t miss NASCAR legends Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and others on Thursday evening. For a complete schedule of events at the World’s Fishing Fair go to