Low digit surf tag auction, Children in Nature Summit at Boo-Que by the Sea

DEWEY BEACH – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will hold a live auction for low-digit surf fishing tags at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 at Delaware Seashore State Park.

The auction will take place during the third annual Boo-Que by the Sea, a two-day barbeque extravaganza sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society that begins Friday, Oct. 20 at the park.

The Boo-Que by the Sea features a wide variety of family-friendly activities including a 5K race on Saturday, Oct. 21.

All proceeds from the Boo-Que event will benefit the John and Linda Hollis Delaware Children in Nature Endowment Fund, which enables opportunities for children to participate in outdoor experiences.

This year’s auction will feature the opportunity to bid on surf tag No. 6 as well as Division of Motor Vehicles black tag No. 6898 with a matching low-digit surf fishing tag. The live auction will also include a select number of other low-digit surf tag plates.

Tag numbers available for auction can be found at http://www.destateparks.com/lowdigittag/ or http://www.usgovbid.com/

The DMV black tag No. 6898 and matching low-digit surf fishing tag are being auctioned with proceeds to benefit the endowment fund.

The black and white tags have a unique, vintage look with raised letters. Bidding for the tags will open at $250. The winning bidder for each tag will receive a certificate of authenticity. Once purchased, owners will retain the tag as long as they have a valid surf fishing permit. Revenue raised will directly benefit DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation and surf fishing beach access.

Since the first Low Digit Surf Tag Auctions held in the fall of 2015, 145 tags have been sold. Revenue from these sales totaled $431,799, with an average of $2,978 per tag.

There is a $5 admission to the Boo-Que which includes the live auction.

John Hollis, flanked by wife Linda, shares his appreciation following the renaming on the Delaware Children in Nature Endowment Fund to the John & Linda Hollis Children in Nature Fund last year at the Sussex Outdoors Summit.

Children in Nature Summit

Six years of the Sussex Outdoors Summit has given way to the first Delaware Children in Nature Summit, which will be staged Friday morning at Delaware Seashore State Park.

The summit begins at 10 a.m.

John Hollis, who facilitated the Sussex Outdoors initiative, said the first Delaware Children in Nature Summit will feature Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long and an “exciting announcement” regarding a partnership geared toward getting children outdoors and being physically active.

It entails re-instituting the Lt. Governor’s Challenge, Mr. Hollis said.

Another summit agenda highlight will be special recognition given to former state senator Bob Venables for his dedicated support of the outdoors and active lifestyle initiatives.

Boo0-B-Que by the Sea

Meanwhile Friday morning, barbeque will be cooking. KCBS is the world’s largest non-profit group of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with more than 20,000 members worldwide.

Expectations are the Oct. 20-21 Boo-Que by the Sea event will draw a large number of competitive barbeque teams, possibly one of the biggest KCBS competitions east of the Mississippi River, Mr. Hollis said.

“It has become a phenomenal success,” said Mr. Hollis, whose son Jack Hollis is among competitors with his Don’t Know Jack BBQ entry.

There is $10,000 in prize money at stake.

For information on the Boo-Que competition and family festival visit www.boo-que.com.

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