Food, family, fun: attract thousands To the National Sand Bass Festival

The history of the Sand Bass Festival

For anybody living within Madill, or the surrounding towns, the National Sand Bass Festival is a normal, annual occurrence. However, for the outsiders looking in, the festival may be somewhat of an enigma.   

The Festival laid down its roots in 1961 with the initial aim of giving back to the community and tourists that helped Madill flourish. The committee wanted to present the community a free festival to celebrate the Lake Texoma tourism.   

The Festival has always been a week long, and ends with a Sand Bass Fishing Tournament. The fruits of that tournament would then be cooked and offered to the guests for free. Over 27,000 plates of food were handed out at the 1976 Festival.   

The event had done so well, and had attracted so many people, the name was upgraded to the National Sand Bass Festival. Even though the Festival had grown to enormous proportions, the original run only lasted 15 years, making 1976 the finale one.  



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