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RFA Sponsorship of Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins Friday in Florida

January 26, 2017


WASHINGTON — Last fall, the Renewable Fuels Association announced it would be a co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, in an effort to educate boaters, conservation enthusiasts and consumers about ethanol's benefits and its use in boats and other marine applications. The first of 19 tournaments begins this Friday in Deland, Florida, between Daytona and Orlando. The tournament is being held Jan. 27–28 at St. Johns River. "We are looking forward to the first Crappie Masters Tournament Trail event this week," said RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White, who will attend the event to meet the various teams and other attendees, educating them about ethanol. "There continues to be misinformation surrounding boating and ethanol, but for nearly 30 years, 10 percent ethanol (E10) has been used in all types of marine engines and the fuel blend is approved for use by all major marine engine manufacturers. E10 is safe to use in marine engines, and provides an octane boost, and dilutes the harmful ingredients in gasoline to help conserve these fishing habitats." "Crappie Masters is proud and honored to be teaming with the Renewable Fuels Association as a title sponsor of the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail," said Crappie Masters President Mike Vallentine. "We have worked hard over the past few years, dispelling the myths and mistruths regarding E10 fuel in outboard engines. This partnership will allow Crappie Masters to take this effort to a new level through nationwide television, radio, print, social media, and face-to-face interaction. We aim to educate boaters and all outdoor lovers that ethanol is safe for your boat, safe for the water and fisheries, safe for the environment, safe for the future and the best choice all around, along with supporting America's farmers. We are privileged to take ethanol and renewable fuels to a mainstream, expected, and accepted level." Crappie Masters Television will also highlight each tournament. The weekly show can be found on the Pursuit Channel, which is on DIRECTV 604, Dish Network 393, Verizon, CenturyLink and Roku. RFA also recently produced a TV commercial to highlight the partnership with Crappie Masters, which you can view here. It will appear at least once during each of these scheduled broadcasts:

  • Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. Central
  • Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. Central
  • Sundays: 12:30 p.m. Central
Additional funding for the sponsorship came from the National Corn Growers Association. The next Crappie Masters Tournament Trail event is Feb. 3–4 at Lake Talquin in Gadsden County, Florida.