Mark your calendars: Game and Fish Expo set for March 28-29Mark your calendars: Game and Fish Expo set for March 28-29

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January 15th, 2009

Mark your calendar for March 28-29 because the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility on Carefree Highway is expected to be even bigger and better this year – if that is possible.

“The enthusiastic public response to this free outdoor expo has been amazing. This is a hands-on expo with lots to experience from archery to firearms and just about every cool or thrilling outdoor pursuit in between,” said Ty Gray, an assistant director for Game and Fish.

This crowd-pleasing event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the 1,700-acre Ben Avery Shooting Facility located off Carefree Highway just west of Interstate 17.

Gray said that last year, this family-friendly Outdoor Expo drew around 26,000 attendees. “That may be difficult to surpass, but I think the word is out and we might even get more fun-seeking families this year.”

One segment of the expo being expanded this year is the Family Fun area. This area was a big hit last year and Game and Fish is adding some new attractions this year, such as a fishing demonstration tank with local experts sharing their secrets on various fishing techniques.

“Just like in year’s past, we will also have the kids fishing tank where youngsters can catch a feisty hybrid sunfish, along with archery, live wildlife, and a whole venue of other interesting pursuits and activities,” Gray said.

Gray added that the economic downturn the state and nation is experiencing may make this free outdoor event even more compelling. “When economic times are tough, time spent with the family outdoors can become even more valuable to folks, maybe even more necessary. Plus it’s free and fun – that is a tough combination to beat, no matter what the economic outlook.”

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