The outdoor expo is a community-wide event designed to encourage sports enthusiasts of all types to learn about the variety of recreational opportunities available in South Arkansas. Educating youth about the outdoor activities area is a major emphasis of the expo. Most of the events will be targeted toward children and family.
The outdoor expo will have as its special guest Keith "Catfish" Sutton, a popular and well-known angler who is also a writer and photographer on hunting, fishing, nature and conservation issues.
"I have pursued every sportfish imaginable in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela and I love to share my stories and fishing techniques for others to learn," Sutton says.
In the pages of his book, "Out There Fishing," his unforgettable stories of angling in the wilds of the Americas are collected in print. Included are 33 tales that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.
David Findley, a native of Bernice, Louisiana, has been hunting and fishing almost all his life. A resident of Rockhill, S.C., David is the executive producer of "A Hunter's Story," a television show which airs the hunting stories about his team of professional hunters. He is one of the most recognized hunters and turkey callers in the nation and has traveled throughout the country filming his hunts, which have appeared on national TV.
Joining Sutton and Findley will be Tommy Cauley, master fisherman and fishing guide from Greers Ferry. His fishing background also includes fishing pro/am circuits.
"I take my fishing seriously and enjoy spending the day with other people who just like to fish. One of my favorite activities is to teach young kids and novice anglers how to fish," Cauley said.
The three headliners will be on hand to present entertaining and educational seminars and demonstrations, answer questions about fishing and hunting, sign autographs and meet and greet expo visitors.
Vendors will be selling hunting and fishing gear, boats, recreational vehicles, game calls and much more. Other demonstrations and activities include Master Bladesmith Tim Foster, sons Trey and Trevor, bull-riding champions who will be demonstrating roping techniques, chainsaw wood carver Scott Winford, Oakridge Bow Hunters, dutch oven cooking, Jaycees dunking booth, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission educational information, BB gun shooting, Union County 4-H shooting sports club and furry critters from the state parks.
Back by popular demand is the Herring Furniture/Amerigas Propane/Holland Grill Rib Cook-off. Team registrations are being taken now. For the first time, the SouthArk Employee Club will host a motorcycle poker run. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more info, call Ann Southall at (870) 864-7162 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for the contests. Proceeds from the Outdoor Expo benefit educational opportunities for students and the general operations of the SouthArk Foundation.
Exhibitors are invited to reserve their booth space early this year. For more information or to reserve booth space, register for cookoff teams, or volunteer to work at the Expo, contact Cynthia Reyna at (870) 864-7130, (800) 955-2289 or email@example.com. More information may be found on www.southark.edu/expo.