ANDERSON, SCSports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, has announced the 2020 and 2021 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Presented by Traveling Teams. This year’s winners are responsible for contributing a more-than-welcome boost of over $400 million to the national economy over the past year.

Among the winners was the TBF High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship produced in cooperation with Visit Anderson & Anderson County.

The Bass Federation (TBF) High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship took place on Lake Hartwell on June 30 through July 3, 2021. The four-day event featured 398 boats from across the United States, Canada, and Africa. Each competing boat featured two anglers as well as a boat captain. Teams competed for scholarship monies and the right to be considered a World Champion and a National Champion. The event contributed more than 8,000 room nights in the Anderson community and amassed an economic impact that exceeded $2 million.

All winners of awards will be recognized in a special feature published in the November/December 2021 issue of Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online.

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 About Visit Anderson:  Visit Anderson is the official destination marketing organization for Anderson, South Carolina. The mission of Visit Anderson is to grow the economy of Anderson County by fostering sustainable tourism economic development and effectively marketing Anderson County and Lake Hartwell to increase visitation and improve the quality of life for the residents of Anderson County. For more information go to

About Sports Destination Management: Sports Destination Management is written for the largest audience of sports event managers and tournament directors in the sports tourism market and maintains a focus on the important issues surrounding event location decisions and event management. With content from experts and thought leaders, SDM provides in-depth coverage of sports event planning and execution through incisive and relevant articles as well as insightful, real-world case studies showcasing best practices and successful event production.

In addition to the publication, SDM offers extensive digital resources through and the e-newsletter SDM Blitz, both providing decision support tools for organizers to ensure successful events at all levels of play.

About Due North Media:  Celebrating its 20th year in business, Due North Media, a division of Due North Consulting, Inc., is a niche business-to-business publisher providing media services to executives within specialized vertical markets impacting economic development including corporate site selection, business development, market-to-market events and sports tourism via publications, digital media, qualified list marketing and custom publishing.

Founded in 2001, Due North Consulting, Inc. has helped niche marketers obtain their goals for a decade and a half. The principals of the company have over 40 years of business-to-business advertising and marketing experience. It has been their mission to serve readers, clients and employees with integrity, humility and a continuing quest for the achievement of excellence.



Media Contact: Neil Paul, Executive Director

Visit Anderson

Phone: 864.716.3660

Belton-Try your skill at bagging a turkey just in time for Thanksgiving at the seventh annual BAMA Turkey Shoot event to be held Nov. 20, from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm at the beautiful upland game preserve Toney Creek Plantation.

Hosted by the Belton Area Museum Association, the event is free to attend and family-friendly, with activities for all ages.  Registration begins at 8:30 AM at the scenic upland hunting preserve.  The last shoot will be around 1 pm.

“This old-fashioned event has been updated with a modern twist,” said Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director.  “We’re making this test of skill accessible to everyone by using shotguns and targets.  No live turkeys will be harmed in this contest.”

In the adult division (over 12), participants can purchase turkey targets for $5 and $10, depending on the value of the prize being shot for during the round.   There will be at least 10 shooting rounds throughout the day, some for adults and some for children.  Shotguns and ammunition will be provided for all participants or you can use your own gun after inspection.

In the children’s division, those 8 – 12 can purchase a turkey target too.  The target will be set up at a shorter distance for their rounds.

Winners for great prizes will compete in each round, so you can come and go throughout the day’s event.  There is no limit to the number of targets participants can purchase and a running board of top scorers will be posted continuously throughout the afternoon for a grand prize winner to be named.

Several great prizes are being offered per round, and winners will take home meat prizes such as turkeys, sausage, and hams and other hunting related and outdoor themed prizes like CWP class passes, decoys and calls, ammo, shooting range passes,  camping equipment,  promotional items, and dining gift certificates. 

“Instruction in shooting is available from linesman Jody Ivester, so even novice shooters are encouraged to participate,” stated Burden.

The event will start off with a farmhouse breakfast.  A full course meal consisting of biscuits, sausage, eggs, grits, and coffee/juice is available for purchase of $8.  Toney Creek Plantation will begin serving at 8:30 AM.


At 12:30 PM, the Mercantile will be offering two-fer hotdog plates that will also include slaw, chips, pecan pie, and drinks, all for $10 per plate.  Advanced reservations for plates are being sold now by calling 864-338-7400.

The seventh annual BAMA Turkey Shoot event is being sponsored by Waste Connections, Vulcan, SouthState Bank, National Wild Turkey Federation, Jarod Haggard/Concealed Weapons Class, Upstate Gun and  Pawn, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Anderson County, B and B Pawn, Ace Hardware of Williamston and Honea Path, Ingles Market, Food Lion,  the Gourmet Pecan Man,  and McCall’s Produce.  All proceeds benefit the Belton Area Museum Association in support of their educational and cultural programming.

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Please call Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director, at 338-7400 for more information.

Toney Creek Plantation is located at 155 Toney Creek Road, just off Hwy 247, in Belton.  Follow the signs to the clubhouse.

See you at the Turkey Shoot!