Florida Sportsman Magazine will return to Tampa to host the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds, October 6th & 7th, 2018. Attendees of the Florida Sportsman Expo will find an array of new exhibitors, new fishing and hunting seminar speakers and other exciting features, including boat dealers and manufactures, large fly casting pond, artist, archery games and the Iron Buck Archery Tournament by Arrowhead Archery will return again this year.
Seven seminar stages will run continuous seminars by local guides and experts on inshore and offshore fishing, hunting, fly fishing, kayak fishing and fishing afoot on the beach, bridges and piers. Our new conservation stage will feature experts and topics ranging from water quality to fisheries and habitat conservation.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will also host the Kids Fishing Derby on the Fairground’s stocked lakes, inside the Expo kids will win prizes for participating in the FWC’s “Fish ID” contest. The first 450 kids in the door will get a Free Tackle Pack from Zebco!
Also new to the Florida Sportsman Expo is live music on the show floor by Emily Ross, featured craft beer specials from Silverking Brewing, a new Fly Tying Throwdown Competition with prizes, NWTF Jake’s Take Aim mobile airgun range and much more.
For hunters, new exhibitors will be on hand to show bows and archery accessories, game calls, hunting blinds, hunting scents, outfitters and more. The Big and Wild Outdoors show will broadcast live Saturday morning from 7 am to 10 am.
The popular “Riggin’ it Right Academy” will return to the Expo where you will receive hands-on instruction on rigging live baits, lures and knot-tying as well as sharpening hooks to help you catch more fish and use proper fillet techniques. Local fly fishing clubs will be demonstrating fly tying as well as giving fly casting lessons and tips at the fly casting pond.
Show hours are Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
Tickets at the Florida State Fair box office are $8 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in free if accompanied by an adult. Active military and First Responders with I.D. will receive a 50% discount on admission.
For more information on exhibiting please contact:
Michelle or Mike Conner, Show Directors
772-333-0530 or FSExpo@Outdoorsg.com