The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has added an exciting new event, Thunder Valley Fly and Wine, to its schedule of fundraisers for 2013.

Thunder Valley Fly and Wine, set for May 3-4, combines fly fishing and a showcase of Appalachian vineyards in a two-day event that features several activities, including a fly fishing invitational tournament, dinner with some of the sport’s top names, a lunch and an expo.

The weekend kicks off Friday with a fly fishing invitational at South Holston River throughout the day and a dinner and auction that evening that features some of fly fishing’s top names, including Lefty Kreh, Jeffrey Cardenas, Bob Clouser and Blane Chocklett. Cost to participate in the dinner/auction is $50 per person.

Saturday’s activities include the Thunder Valley Fly and Wine Expo, which takes place in the hospitality area at BMS from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Various fly fishing vendors from throughout the region with an assortment of gear and even art spotlighting the sport will be on hand. Casting competitions, casting clinics with Kreh and Cardenas, fly-tying clinics with Clouser and Chocklett, seminars, a Fly 101 Clinic for children and other events also are scheduled.

A viewing of the movie “Where the Yellowstone Goes” will take place at the conclusion of the day’s activities, also in the hospitality area. Cost is $10 for entrance to the Expo or guests may purchase a combination ticket for both the Expo and the Wine Garden for $30.

Flys, Lies and Other Fishtales, a private, catered lunch with Kreh, Cardenas, Clouser and Chocklett, takes place on Saturday from noon to 1:30 at Bristol Dragway. The four fishermen will regale their lunch companions with plenty of stories and guests likely will get a few tips on how they might improve their skills. Guests will receive an autographed photo, a commemorative shirt, entrance to the Expo and Wine garden and lunch. 

The private lunch is available for the first 25 guests to register. Cost is $100 per person.

Throughout the weekend, vineyards from Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina will be on hand with a variety of wines available for sampling and purchase.

Anyone wishing to take part in Thunder Valley Fly and Wine may register at http://bristol.speedwaycharities.org/events/thunder_valley_fly_and_wine/.

All proceeds benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of children’s lives in the region. To date, in excess of $7 million has been raised for children’s agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.