Fishing show set to highlight local attractions

June 17, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

Fly fishing and Carroll County?

At 10 a.m. tomorrow, ESPN makes the connection.

Production crews from the "Fly Fishing America" show arrived camera-ready in the county last month. Joan Meekins, director of the Office of Tourism, showed them where to shoot.

"They wanted to promote fly fishing as a family event," said Ms. Meekins. "Our job was to show them things families could do in areas near the fishing sites."

The show, which airs weekly, keyed in on popular fishing spots in Baltimore and Garrett counties. They chose Carroll for recreation and relaxation away from the lines. In between casting, fishers and families can visit local attractions.

The county and state tourism offices worked with program producers to identify which sites would be most attractive.

Ms. Meekins directed crews to the Farm Museum in Westminster and historical sites in Uniontown. They shot everything from farm animals to hiking trails to well-used bicycle routes, she said.

"They were really impressed with the topography here," she said. "They took photos of horses, cattle, sheep, historical plaques and cemeteries."

The episode will show viewers that "Carroll County has a lot to offer visitors," she said.

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