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National Rifle Association to oversee Harrisburg show


April 20. 2013 4:18PM

By - tvenesky@civitasmedia.com




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The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been selected by the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center to replace Reed Exhibitions and the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show with the “Great American Outdoor Show,” to be held February 1 – 9, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


After an extensive national search was conducted, and 17 applications were thoroughly reviewed, the NRA was selected to produce and continue the 65-year-tradition of a sports and outdoor show in the midstate.


Renamed the Great American Outdoor Show, the event is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors of all ages to enjoy nine days of hunting, fishing, camping, boating and much more.


“Over the past 65 years, the sports and outdoor show has become the largest consumer sports and outdoor show in the nation,” Jeff Haste, Chairman, Dauphin County Board of Commissioners. “When the show was canceled last February, it cost the local economy more than $80 million and devastated many local businesses—some even laid off employees. The show is so important that we [Dauphin County] put $58,000 toward reserving the Farm Show Complex for 2014. The Great American Outdoor Show has the potential to draw bigger crowds, offer more educational programs and family-friendly entertainment.”


“The NRA’s deep-rooted heritage in the outdoor lifestyle makes this partnership a perfect fit,” said David Keene, NRA President. “We look forward to expanding this event by inviting national firearm manufacturers to join more than 1,000 hunting, fishing, and camping related vendors as well as outfitters from around the world.”


The NRA has more than 900,000 members within 300 miles of Harrisburg and has been an exhibitor in the Harrisburg-based sports show for over 30 years.




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