2009 Game and Fish Outdoor Expo to be best yet

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March 2nd, 2009

Mark your calendars for March 28-29

Target archery is just one of the many fun activities at the Outdoor Expo.The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo is Arizona’s largest ‘outdoor’ public event, intended on exposing people of all ages to our state’s magnificent outdoor recreational opportunities. The entire family can explore numerous activities and demonstrations that include camping, hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, off-highway vehicle riding and boating.

Held at Ben Avery Shooting facility, one the largest public shooting facilities in North America, this two-day event will be held Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There’s loads of activities—test your skill at target archery, see live wildlife, observe bass fishing demonstrations, try out firearms on the shooting range, see off-highway vehicles such as rock crawlers and learn about responsible OHV recreation, view boats on display, and watch the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Archery in the Schools competitions.

Children will get a chance to catch a fish, try rock climbing, archery and youth air gun shooting, view live wildlife such as birds of prey and reptiles, and see exciting demonstrations by groups such as the Cowboy Action Shooters.

Visit with more than 100 ‘outdoor’ vendors and exhibitors that include sportsmen’s/wildlife conservation groups, firearms manufacturers, government agencies, outdoor product retailers, specialty shooting organizations, and more.

There’s something for everyone, and the event and parking are FREE!

So you don’t miss a thing, trolley transportation is available throughout the 1,700-acre shooting facility, which is located on Carefree Highway, ½ mile west of Interstate 17. Plan on an all-day event. Although the event is free, you might want to bring some cash for food and beverages at the food court, or for purchasing ammunition (nominal fee) if you want to try out firearms on the range.

This year’s Gold Sponsors are Pierce Bullet Seal Target Systems and the American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter. To learn more about our sponsors, visit www.pbsts.com or www.arizonaredcross.org.

There’s still time for “outdoor-related” vendors and sponsors to participate. Information about the event and vendor/sponsor registration forms can be obtained at www.azgfd.gov/expo or by calling (602) 942-3000.

Getting outdoors and experiencing outdoor recreation is a great way to spend time with friends and family. More than 26,000 people attended last year’s Expo. Come on out – it’s fun and it’s free, and that’s a tough combination to beat!

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