Sportsman Show returns to Superdome

Filled with record number of exhibits and seminars

The Louisiana Sportsman Show, the oldest and largest outdoor show in the state, is returning to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans this weekend, July 21 – 23, following a 12-year hiatus after Hurricane Katrina.

Show Manager Jack Fisher said the Superdome wasn’t available for the 2006 Show due to hurricane damage, forcing a move to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzalez.

“Our Gonzales Show has been successful beyond our wildest dreams,” said Fisher.  “But in the back of my mind I always wanted to have another show in the Dome for the fall hunting and fishing seasons. Getting available dates had been a problem for the past couple of years, but we now have the Superdome locked up for at least the next three years.”

In keeping with the season, the theme of the show is the “Deer, Duck and Fishing Expo.” The show will feature more than 300 booths and large displays of gear and equipment for hunters and anglers.

“Duck boats, kayaks, all major brands of ATVs and UTVs, archery equipment, and everything else for deer hunters, duck hunters and fishermen will be on display,” said Fisher. “We are especially excited to have Puglia’s Sporting Goods with a mega-sized, 30-booth display of fishing and hunting deals.”

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the national leader in deer hunting and education, will be holding its convention in New Orleans at the same time as the Louisiana Sportsman Show.

QDMA will be sending some of the biggest outdoor celebrities and most accomplished hunters and anglers in the world to host educational seminars and greet show attendees. Some of the celebrities expected include famed deer hunters Cuz Strickland and Melissa Bachman, top duck hunting personalities John Goodwin and Justin Martin of TV’s “Duck Commander” and R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere of “Swamp People.”

As with all Louisiana Sportsman shows, teaching young people about the outdoors will be a key part of the event.

There will be activities, seminars and contests for children throughout the weekend. And the Fetch-N-Fish display will offer entertainment for the whole family.

While he’s looking forward to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Show, Fisher made it clear the Lamar Dixon Show will continue.

“The Gonzales show is now recognized as one of the leading outdoor shows in the country,” he said.

“We have a long-term agreement with the Lamar Dixon Center and we expect to be in Gonzales in March for years to come. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome just offers us a unique venue to bring a huge selection of outdoor clothing and equipment to all of the hunting and fishing fans in the New Orleans area.”

Show times for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Superdome Show are Friday 3-9 p.m., Saturday 10-9 p.m. and Sunday 10-5 p.m.  More details on the Louisiana Sportsman Show can be found at louisianasportsmanshow.com.

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