If our extensive coverage of the new products unveiled at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) has you eager to get a close look at the gear, the Great American Outdoor Show (GAOS)—which opens this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 and runs through Feb. 11, 2018—may be your best chance at an early glimpse. No, not everything has made it through the supply chains yet, but the hundreds of companies that attend this annual show in Harrisburg, Pa., always bring the latest and greatest because they want your business. The event’s open to the public and family friendly, unlike the trade show in Vegas.
Festivities start with an opening reception and ribbon cutting sponsored by Kahr Arms on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. There’s plenty of reason for organizers and exhibitors to celebrate, too, because when the doors open at 9 a.m. the next morning, a steady flow of outdoor enthusiasts will begin to arrive and by the time the event closes, a half million are expected to attend.
This year, GAOS encompasses nine halls of exhibits, where you can get a close look at firearms, outdoor gear, RVs, fishing equipment, the latest in bows, book with outfitters, visit charter captains and much more. Coupled with seminars throughout the show and special events, there’s literally something for everyone. There’s even an Eddie Eagle zone for youngsters, kids casting contests and who wouldn’t enjoy “Dock Dogs,” where canines compete to see which one catches the most air?
If that’s not enough, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, there will be an NRA Country concert with Granger Smith, LOCASH and Nate Hosie. A Friends of NRA auction also takes place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
The event, the largest annual gathering of sportsmen nationwide, is brought to you by the NRA and sponsored by MyOutdoorTV, Cabela’s and Ram Trucks. Tickets are already on sale and anyone who joins the NRA is admitted for free.