Roscoe is the official winner of the Ultimate Fishing Town USA contest   

(Roscoe) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau congratulates the hamlet of Roscoe upon their official win in World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town contest. “I want to thank Sullivan County residents and visitors for their continued and strong support for the County’s tourism and economy by voting in the online contest that boosted Roscoe, New York to be named as the Ultimate Fishing Town.  Roscoe came from behind Tuesday morning, making up an 11,000 vote deficit, to ultimately lead by about 2,200 votes at the close of the contest at 6:00 PM on May 31, 2011.  Roscoe, NY has been selected as the 2011 WFN: World Fishing Network's Ultimate Fishing Town USA Presented by Eagle Claw. The announcement was made by Mark Rubinstein, President and CEO of World Fishing Network, North America's only 24/7 fishing channel.

The contest was sponsored by the World Fishing Network (WFN), and the first place prize is $25,000 for the community and a half-hour cable television show.  It also means national exposure and increased tourism as anglers from around the world decide to “check out the ultimate place to fish.”

Roscoe has been an outstanding Sullivan Renaissance community since the program began in 2001.  Already known as "Trout Town, USA" - Roscoe is considered the birthplace of the American Dry Fly Fishing, developed by Theodore Gordon and his followers.  A two-hour drive from New York City, Roscoe is home to the junction of two trophy trout streams, the Willowemoc and the Beaverkill, in addition to many nearby lakes, ponds and reservoirs. “The Greater Roscoe Community thrives on an active fishing season, and the tourism impacts increase exponentially, which increases sales tax revenues, and promotes business for Sullivan County’s small business enterprises,” said Legislator Elwin “Woody” Wood, Vice Chairman of the Legislature and Chairman of the Community and Economic Development Committee.

“The entire Sullivan County economy will benefit from Roscoe prevailing in the Ultimate Fishing Town contest, as visitors will look for additional venues to spend their tourism dollars, such as overnight accommodations, Bethel Woods, Forestburgh Playhouse, and the Monticello Casino and Raceway, along with numerous small businesses that offer value-added experiences for residents and visitors alike,” concluded Fanslau.

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For more information, contact David Fanslau 845-807-0450

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