News of the Week

For Immediate Release: WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2011

Outdoor Marketplace returning to the 2011 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo


Visitors to this year’s Oklahoma Wildlife Expo Sept. 24-25 will have no shortage of outdoor-related educational opportunities, but they will also have the chance to shop for a range of outdoor goods and services at the Outdoor Marketplace.

The Outdoor Marketplace is a large area at the Wildlife Expo where commercial vendors will be selling their hunting and fishing-related merchandise, meaning visitors who break away from all of the free shotgun shooting, archery, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing could find a bargain on their next outdoor purchase.

Last year’s Wildlife Expo drew an estimated 51,000 visitors to the Lazy E Arena over the course of three days, making it the most popular outdoor recreation event in the state.

“The Outdoor Marketplace is a fun destination for Expo visitors and a great opportunity for vendors to showcase their outdoor-related products,” said Ben Davis, Outdoor Marketplace coordinator. “Visitors can shop through a large range of goods and services that cater to their outdoor lifestyles, while vendors can display their outdoor goods and services to tens of thousands of outdoor-minded visitors.”

The Marketplace features vendors under a large tent, but outdoor open-air spaces also are available for displaying larger items such as ATVs and hunting blinds. A 10’ x 10’ booth space under the tent or a 20’ x 20’ outside space costs $300. Both include electricity. Nonprofit conservation organizations also will be able to sign up for free booth spaces to promote membership and educate sportsmen about their organizations.

Along with shopping at the Outdoor Marketplace, Expo visitors will be able to fish, shoot shotguns, kayak, ride mountain bikes, see and touch wildlife, attend dog training seminars and learn about recreation in the great outdoors all for free. They will also be able to win a variety of prizes thanks to generous sponsors of the event.

“Any vendor who wants to reach people interested in the outdoors needs to be a part of the Outdoor Marketplace at this year’s Wildlife Expo,” Davis said.

For more information about obtaining a booth in the Outdoor Marketplace or to obtain an application for a booth, contact Ben Davis, Outdoor Marketplace coordinator, at (405) 521-4632.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s seventh annual Oklahoma Wildlife Expo is slated for September 24-25 at the Lazy E Arena, just north of Oklahoma City. The Wildlife Department will be working with a range of organizations, individuals and outdoor-related companies to host the event — intended to promote and develop appreciation for Oklahoma’s wildlife and natural resources.

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