PHOENIX, Ariz. -(Ammoland.com)- The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo, presented by Shikar Safari Club International, drew a record one-day crowd yesterday of 24,700 visitors.
“If you didn’t get a chance to visit the Expo Saturday, you can still come out today,” said Recreation Branch Chief Scott Lavin. “The weather forecast is great, and admission and parking are free.”
The Expo offers all types of hands-on activities and exhibits, including live wildlife, target archery, family fishing at two large tanks, kayaking at “Lake Paddlemore,” the opportunity to try out firearms from a variety of manufacturers in a safe, controlled environment on the range, exciting cowboy mounted shooting competition, RV and OHV exhibits, boating safety information, presentations on wildlife and outdoor recreation, and a chance to visit with more than 150 exhibitors—sportsmen's/conservation organizations, shooting groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.
The Expo takes place on a portion of the huge 1,600-acre Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, so even when attendance is high, it doesn’t seem overly crowded because there is ample space for all of the attractions.
Hours today (Sunday, March 26) are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free, although you may want to bring a little cash for the shooting venues (some charge a nominal fee for ammunition) or the food and beverage vendors.
The Expo entrance is on Carefree Highway, about a half-mile west of I-17.
The Presenting Sponsor of the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is Shikar Safari Club International. Gold sponsors are OneAZ Credit Union and Shooter’s World/Daniel Defense.
Silver sponsors are Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, Sportsman’s Warehouse, FN America, Cabela’s and Target Factory. Bronze Sponsor is the Mule Deer Foundation.