"We're looking to maintain the hunting, fishing, archery and camping sections of the show but plan to greatly expand the firearms section by inviting many national brands, " said NRA spokesman Jeremy Greene.
Under new management, the program will add conferences and group meeting, and the high-performance firearms at the core of the controversy will be back at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.
"The NRA will absolutely bring back modern sporting rifles as part of the show. That was a big issue, " Mr. Greene said.
Cancellation of the event was a financial blow for the region.
"It cost the local economy more than $80 million and devastated many local businesses - some even laid off employees, " said Jeff Haste, Dauphin County commissioner. "The show is so important that Dauphin County put $58, 000 toward reserving the Farm Show Complex for 2014. The Great American Outdoors Show has the potential to draw bigger crowds, offer more educational programs and family-friendly entertainment."
The county discontinued its relationship with promoter Reed Exhibitions, a subsidiary of a British events organizer, which had triggered the vendor protest by banning some firearms. The NRA, a vendor at the show for more than 25 years, was chosen among 17 national promoters.
"Our hope was to find a show sponsor who could grow this show into a nationally recognized event that would mean more to the outdoor sports community as well as our own community, " said David E. Black, president and CEO of Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp. "The new show has incredible potential that will be good economic news for our region for years to come."
About that Saltwater fishing expo in SOmerset
I had posted about the Fishing Expo in Somerset, remember someone said it was spam? :) Well, I did go to it and it was amazing. Holy shit! I found a new brand (to me) of Fly reel that seems to be really well made and inexpensive, for a fly reel. So soon as I get some free cash I'll order one.
It was really great, it's been a very long time since I've done any fishing and it just felt great to be around like minded people and really get to see what kind of tackle is used up here in the North East. Now I just gotta figure out how, when and where to get out
Saltwater Fishing Expo in Somerset
March 18-20th there is a Saltwater Expo at the Garden State Center. I'm going and thought I'd give you guys a heads up in case you want to go.
Go to www dot sportshows dot com to get more info, there are three more scheduled in different areas in the North East.
I went to the Flyfishing SHow there and it was amazing!
Pennsylvania gun owners
Pennsylvania gun owners threatened to boycott the state's largest hunting and fishing expo Tuesday after organizers announced that they would ban the display and sale of assault rifles at this year's show. Reed Exhibitions, a British-based company that runs the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg each February, notified vendors of the change in policy over the last several days, a company representative confirmed to The Inquirer.
The presence of so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines might have served as "a distraction" from other aspects of the event in the wake of the recent school shootings in Newtown, Conn
See the stars of 'Duck Dynasty' at the 4th Annual Tennessee Valley Hunting and .. — whnt.com
.. with stars of the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty,” receive fishing tips from a Bassmaster Classic Champion, and tour over 500 sporting manufacturers' booths during the 4th Annual Tennessee Valley Hunting and Fishing Expo at the Von Braun Civic Center.
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you have an interest in the outdoors, the South Hall of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville is the place to be. It's the home of this year's Tennessee Valley Hunting and Fishing Expo.