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2014
GREA AMERICAN
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OUTDOOR SHOW

We'll See You In Harrisburg

rigid February is prime time for reconnecting with hunting
buddies in the great indoors-maybe over a tasty wildgame dinner as you relive last season's highlights. Of course,
reminiscing automatically leads to talk of stalking the next
big adventure, and this time of year there is nothing bigger
than the 2014 Great American Outdoor Show in
Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 1-9. As the largest outdoor show
nationwide, it will draw thousands of mainstream
American hunters and their families to the city's Pennsylvania
Farm Show Complex in the name of our cherished hunting
and outdoor traditions. But last year, this was not the case.
Formerly known as the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, the event came
to a screeching halt on Jan. 24, 2013, when show owner and promoter Reed
Exhibitions "postponed" it indefinitely nine days before it opened. The reason?
The nra and 350 other exhibitors and outdoor personalities announced they were
boycotting the show after Reed's decision to ban the sale and display of modern
sporting rifles and high-capacity magazines at the event.
Now owned and operated by nra, the newly named Great American Outdoor
Show returns to Harrisburg this month for its traditional nine-day run. Attendees
will navigate a 650,000-square-foot exhibit hall housing nearly 1,000 exhibitors from
firearm and archery manufacturers, to makers of hunting and fishing gear, outfitters,
outdoor retailers and wildlife artists. And in expanding the presence of firearms, a new
shooting sports section joins the mix. This show is a key tool for hunters planning their
next big adventure as they chat with outfitters and rummage through exhibitors' latest
firearms, archery equipment, clothing and gear.
That alone is reason enough to attend, but then there are the special events. Who
wouldn't enjoy an nra Country concert, celebrity appearances, product demonstrations,
archery competitions, seminars, a The nra Foundation banquet and more? For more
good news, nra reduced admission prices to $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 or older)
and $6 for children (ages 6-12). A two-day pass is $20 and group passes (10 or more
people) are $10. To purchase tickets in advance, visit GreatAmericanOutdoorShow.org.
By The Numbers
-Number of years the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show had been in existence
prior to Reed Exhibitions' indefinite postponement of the event in 2013, marking an
end to the nation's oldest and largest outdoor show.
 million-Possible direct spending at the Great American Outdoor Show by
vendors and attendees in 2014, based on calculations of lost revenue in 2013 due to
cancellation of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.
 million-Total possible economic impact of the Great American Outdoor Show

by

Karen Mehall Phillips,
Senior Editor, American Hunter

on local economy, based on estimated
losses attributed to last year's show
cancellation, according to the Hershey
Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau.
 billion-The amount hunters and
other outdoorsmen spend on related
gear, trips and other purchases such
as licenses, tags and land leasing and
ownership-representing 1 percent of
the nation's gross domestic product.
,-Number of people that
regularly attend the outdoor show in
Harrisburg, Pa.
NRA Country Presents
Trace Adkins In Concert
On Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, dust off those
cowboy boots and join nra Country for
a night of music you won't soon forget.
Headlined by country music superstar
Trace Adkins, whose trademark baritone
has powered countless hits to the top of
the charts, this nra Country concert is
one you won't want to miss! The concert
takes place in the Large Arena of the
Farm Complex, with doors opening
at 6:30 p.m. and music starting at 7.
Stadium seats are just $30! Or get your
seat up close and on the floor for $35.
Wall Of Guns
The ever-popular Wall of Guns will
debut in the Pennsylvania Farm Show
Complex and Expo Center on Feb. 1
and run through the close of the show
on Feb. 9. It will boast more than
50 firearms of different makes and
models. Participants can play their odds
at winning their choice of firearm(s).

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