Wear It! Oswego Announces Fish with a Pro Sweepstakes: Win Chance to Fish with Pro Joe Thomas of the Outdoor Channel

OSWEGO, NEW YORK -- (Marketwire) -- 05/15/12 -- Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

The Wear It! Oswego campaign announces the Fish with a Pro sweepstakes, whereby one lucky grand prize winner will have the opportunity to fish with professional angler Joe Thomas. Thomas is the host of Stihl's Reel in the Outdoors television show on the Outdoor Channel (http://www.reeloutdoorstv.com). An additional 50 runners-up will be eligible to attend a free pre-event barbeque.

"I'm excited to team with the Wear It! Oswego campaign on this important safety initiative," said Joe Thomas. "What better way to promote the use of life jackets while angling than by fishing with the Fish with a Pro sweepstakes winner on the world-renowned Oswego River during peak salmon season," Thomas added.

The Fish with a Pro event will take place in Oswego, New York, on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The winner will fish for salmon on the Oswego River in Oswego, guided by Kevin Davis, an experienced drift boat captain.

An additional 50 individuals will be randomly selected to attend the free pre-event barbeque to be held in Oswego on Friday evening, October 12, 2012. Attendees to this exclusive, invitation-only event will get the opportunity to meet Joe Thomas in person and to receive his free autographed picture.

According to Thomas, people are encouraged to submit as many sweepstakes entry forms as they would like. You must be 18 years old to enter and must reside in the United States. The Wear It! Oswego campaign will provide the winner with two nights' hotel accommodations at an Oswego lodging establishment. All other travel arrangements, costs and meals associated with this fishing event are to be incurred by the winner.

One Fish with a Pro winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries. All entries must be postmarked by July 15, 2012. The grand prize drawing will be held on August 1, 2012.

The Fish with a Pro sweepstakes entry form and official rules can be found on the "Photos" link of www.facebook.com/wearitoswego or on the Oswego County Tourism website at www.visitoswegocounty.com. Completed entries should be addressed to: Wear It! Oswego Fish with a Pro Sweepstakes, c/o Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, 46 East Bridge Street, Oswego NY 13126. For additional information on the Fish with a Pro sweepstakes or the Wear It! Oswego campaign contact wearitoswego@gmail.com.

Wear It! Oswego campaign collaborators include Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (www.brookfieldrenewable.com), the City of Oswego Fire Department, the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning and The Palladium-Times. Wear It! Oswego is an off-shoot of the national and New York State Wear It! programs, implemented by the National Safe Boating Council (www.safeboatingcampaign.com) and Wear It! New York.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (TSX: BEP.UN) operates one of the largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms globally. Its portfolio is primarily hydroelectric and totals approximately 5,000 megawatts of installed capacity. Diversified across 67 river systems and 10 power markets in Canada, the United States and Brazil, the portfolio generates enough electricity from renewable resources to power two million homes on average each year. For more information, please visit www.brookfieldrenewable.com.

The City of Oswego's Fire Department has been operating as a paid fire department since 1876, making it the third oldest paid fire department in New York State. For additional information visit http://www.oswegony.org/DEPT_fire.html.

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning promotes Oswego County through a comprehensive international marketing plan. For upcoming events and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com

The Palladium-Times is Oswego County's only hometown daily newspaper and has served the City of Oswego and surrounding areas in that capacity since 1845. Visit www.palltimes.com for more information.

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20120510-wearitoswego800.jpg.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, US Operations
Julie Smith-Galvin
Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations
(508) 251-7708

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