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A tradition has begun again at Grand lake,  "The Great Bobber Drop". I happens in August and the Grand Lake Sports Center in Grove, OK is continuing a family tradition. Here is the history and some pictures. Come to Grand Lake, find a special bobber and get yourself a prize.

Bobber Drop August 2010The Bobber Drop Press Release!

Mark your calendars and get your nets ready!  The 3rd Generation, 2nd Annual Great Grand Bobber Drop is less than 90 days away!  That’s right, August 14this the date for The Bobber Drop, and you won’t want to miss all the excitement!

Sam Williams, the third generation, from Grand Lake Sports Center, will board Helicopter Advantages Chopper, and start dropping bobbers for the 2nd Annual Great Grand Bobber Drop, into Grand Lake at approximately 8AM.  This year we are adding to the excitement by increasing the number of bobbers to 6000, and we will be going from Honey creek to Shangri-La, to Bernice and then back to the Elk River Bridge.  There will be several passes, and bobbers will be dropping for approximately 3 hours. 

 We already have commitments from KGVE 99.3 to promote the event, along with personal appearances on Discover Oklahoma and KODE. 

 If last year's response is any indication, we should be expecting over 4000 boats this year!  Out of the 5000 bobbers that were dropped last year, all but 232 were returned, and we are expecting the same response this year. 
 Last year we had over 80 merchants and business participating!

 The Bobber Drop was one of the busiest Retail Shopping days in Grove.  (The Grove




Old Picture of Bobber DropGame bobs up on Grand Lake
 
Drop not done since early '70s
The owner of a Grand Lake business will drop 5,000 bobbers into the lake Saturday as part of a promotion and event that last took place 38 years ago. Pictured are an unidentified Grand River Dam Authority employee and former Grove Mayor Huber Logue (right) loading fishing bobbers into an airplane for the event in 1970 or 1971. Courtesy
The owner of a Grand Lake business will drop 5,000 bobbers into the lake Saturday as part of a promotion and event that last took place 38 years ago. Pictured are an unidentified Grand River Dam Authority employee and former Grove Mayor Huber Logue (right) loading fishing bobbers into an airplane for the event in 1970 or 1971. Courtesy
 
By SHEILA STOGSDILL World Correspondent
Published: 8/11/2009 2:23 AM
Last Modified: 8/11/2009 4:55 AM
 
GROVE — The Grand Lake Sports Center will revive a lake tradition that hasn't been seen in 38 years by dropping thousands of fishing bobbers, many of which will be redeemable for prizes, into Grand Lake on Saturday
 
 
Fishermen and others will scour the 1,300 miles of Grand Lake shoreline looking for the bobbers, whose prizes range from free bait to a Bahamas vacation.
 
"Everyone is sure excited about the drop," said Sam Williams IV, the third-generation owner of the Grand Lake Sports Center.
 
He plans to throw 5,000 yellow/orange and red/white bobbers out of a helicopter at daybreak Saturday.
 
Williams' grandfather Sam Williams II started the bobber drop in 1961. Williams said the event lasted until 1971, and he isn't sure why it stopped.
 
The initial drop used 3,000 bobbers with prizes that ranged from free gasoline to a fishing boat, Williams said.
 
"They even had a Miss Grove Sports Center," he said.
 
Williams decided to revive the bobber drop after his father found a file folder filled with yellowed newspaper clippings, photographs and letters from vendors about the drop.
 
"I had the file for two years, thought about it for a year, and it took another year to get it going," Williams said.
 
The holdup, he said, involved getting permission from the Grand River Dam Authority.
 
Williams' route Saturday will take him from Honey Creek Bridge to the tip of Monkey Island to Sail Boat Bridge to Cowskin Bridge.
 
The
Grand Lake Sports Center has been part of the Williams family for five decades.
 
"I never thought I was going to do this," Williams said of running the sporting goods store, which Samuel D. Williams II opened in 1951.
 
As business grew, the elder Willams also started a wholesale business that dealt in fishing equipment and gear. It closed before he died.
 
Sam Williams IV took over the store April 26, 2006, from his father, Samuel D. Williams III, who ran it for 31 years.
 
Prizes
The lake drop will have more than 1,000 prizes, including gift certificates, swimsuits and swimming gear, bait and an antique toilet seat encased with fishing lures.
 
Each bobber will be numbered and the prizes will correspond with a number. However, any of the bobbers — even the ones that don’t win prizes — can be traded in at Grand Savings Bank for up to two weeks after the competition for a ticket in a drawing for a Bahamas vacation.
 
People can bring in the bobbers they find Saturday to Tom-Cat Corner, Arrowhead Boat Sales and the Grand Lake Sports Center to see whether they won a prize, organizers said.
 
By SHEILA STOGSDILL World Correspondent
Pictures from the 2010 Bobber Drop Courtesy of the Chronicle of Grand Lake
 


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