PLEASE NOTE: The 2017 show has been cancelled due to conflicts.
It seems that given the rugged and nature-oriented way of Central Pennsylvanians that the region would host its own sportsman show and that it would be fantastic. In truth, it does, and it is. Behold the Central PA Outdoors Show has been around. Since its inception, this show has caught like wildfire. The show has quickly outgrown its locally-focused scope to become what it is today. Included in the weekend is a schedule of amazing and diverse talent, a wide-range of exhibits, as well as a booming attendance of near 10,000 visitors.
Like any respectable nature event, The Outdoor Show packs a large amount of teaching events into the weekend. Clinics from both local and regional clubs demonstrate the general points of waterfowl retrieving, scoring antlers, and calling birds, and include representatives from the likes of the Central PA Retriever Club, Buckmasters, and Ducks Unlimited. There is also a surprising lineup of professional and well-experienced outdoorsmen hosting seminars. It is not unusual for there to be a healthy mix of television personalities scheduled alongside presidents of local outdoors clubs, as well as veteran hunters and trappers from the region.
Much is packed into the Outdoor Show and the sponsors schedule a full weekend to of indoor and outdoor fun. Over fifty vendors are at the show and represent sporting goods, outdoors gear, fishing and hunting charters, as well as local and national clubs, regional wineries and breweries, and various state conservation organizations. There are live fishing ponds for the kids, and exciting exhibits that showcase some of the biggest animals ever bagged as well as displays that demonstrate Pennsylvania’s natural biodiversity. Certain events like turkey-calling contests and festival concerts cost extra, but certainly add to the electric energy of the show.
Admission cost is minimal and kids are free. Show tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Parking is free. The show runs from the late morning to the late evening on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s show ends earlier, in the afternoon.