MISSOULA, Mont.—New interactive displays and activities will entice sportsmen and women at the 2016 RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition.
The expo runs December 1-10 upstairs in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with Cowboy Christmas during the 10 days of the National Finals Rodeo.
“We have a great lineup of daily events that offers a little something for everyone,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.
New to the 2016 expo is the MTN Ops Shootout-Ultimate Archery Experience which features a 3D pop-up range, skeet thrower and broken arrow tour with $15,000 in prize money going to the winners. Attendees can also view and taste wild game cooking demonstrations, meet and greet outdoor and country music celebrities, and enjoy live performances by Easton Corbin and Daryle Singletary on the Realtree Live Stage.
The Wrangler Rodeo Arena, also on the expo floor, will host the Junior National Finals Rodeo—a first of its kind competition with youth age 8 to 19 in eight different rodeo events such as miniature bull and bareback riding, barrel racing, team roping and much more. Other arena events include Bull Fighters Only, NFR Flag Girl Competition, Trick Riding Championships, Colt Starting Challenge USA and the United Bucking Horse Association.
Hunting, outdoor industry leaders and other exhibitors will feature firearms, archery equipment, optics, outfitter and guide services, hunting apparel and western lifestyle gear and clothing
Admission is free and open to the public.
“Nearly 87,000 people attended our 2015 expo and we expect greater things come December. We appreciate our conservation partners, sponsors and exhibitors for supporting our conservation mission,” added Decker.
Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo sponsors include Chevrolet, Cabela’s, ALPS OutdoorZ, MTN OPS, Peak BlueDEF, Sitka, Browning, Realtree, Weatherby, Browning Ammunition, Worldwide Trophy Adventures and Weston.
Unlike the last two years, the expo will not be held in conjunction with the RMEF National Convention which takes place March 2-4, 2017, in Nashville.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 220,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.8 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK. Take action: join and/or donate.