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3-day event taps into hunting's popularity

A big event is planned for April aimed at hunting, outdoor and gun enthusiasts.

The three-day Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo is scheduled for April 10-12 at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on U.S. 301.

Organizers said it will tap into the vast popularity of hunting and draw people to Wilson and its local businesses. They’ve met with the Wilson Chamber of Commerce and Wilson Visitors Center and picked up their backing.

Rod Miller, one of the event producers, said organizers have gotten a lot of positive feedback, and many sponsors have already committed to the expo.

Those attending the expo will be able to test and purchase waterfowl hunting and outdoor merchandise from major manufacturers as well as local businesses.

Organizers say exhibitors will feature such items as boats, blinds, decoys, calls, guns, knives, cases, coolers, apparel, footwear and waders.

Information about the event says, "Our goal is to educate the hunting and outdoor community about the importance of safety, values and freedoms that many consider a friend and family activity as well as generational pastime. We will provide a venue that allows fellow hunters to engage with product manufacturers, ask questions, seek advice, and gain knowledge to better their hunting experience.”

There will also be companies representing services such as guide services from all across the United States and Canada.

Miller said the expo will be family-oriented and include such events as a dog jumping showcase, country music performance and visits by hunting personalities.

He also hopes to have a "barbecue alley” featuring various outdoor grills.

This event is being produced in partnership by VRMG, Inc., a locally owned management company owned by Rod and Tonia Miller as well as Glenn Issette, Mikie Taylor, Ryan Beamon and Janna Parham.

Sponsorships and booth sales for hunting/ outdoor industry companies are available. For more information contact or call 237-5900. | 265-7810
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To oh jeez, said...

Guns don't kill people.. people kill people. Saying that guns kill people is like blaming your spoon and fork that you're fat. This event is teaching the values that this great country was built on so people can educated the respect, safety, and responsibility gun ownership requires.
If you think that murders and gun abuse is just now happening in Wilson, you need to educate yourself. This event is about the sport of hunting animals for food supply and wildlife population control.

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM
Outdoors Girl said...

@ Oh Jeez- All you have to do is read this paper or turn on the news to see what is going on within our community. This expo is not designed to contribute to the crime within our community by no means but rather teach safety to those who do own or purchase weapons along with opportunities to participate in other areas of this hobby. To purchase a weapon, certain background checks are performed and certain criteria must be met which helps to eliminate or decrease the chance of weapons getting into the wrong hands. It's not weapons that kill people, PEOPLE kill PEOPLE. We can go round and round but obviously, we won't agree- so let's agree to disagree and move on.

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Oh, jeez said...

If you can't see why this event is in bad taste, perhaps you're not aware of what this community is going through right now.

Saturday, August 09, 2014 at 11:20 PM
Outdoors Girl said...

Hunting is a hobby just like gardening, shopping, etc. We, in Wilson, have Lawn and Garden Expo's and Holiday Shopping Sprees so I am unsure what about this Expo is in such bad taste. No one will force you to attend nor force you to like/participate in the hobby. If you did attend, however, you'd have the opportunity to see that this hobby is one shared amongst many families. I know I'll probably be attending with my husband and son. Too bad we can't go hunting directly afterwards...season won't be in. :-)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 at 4:38 PM
Idol Worship said...

He didn't have time for grammar. Too busy with gun lust.

Monday, August 04, 2014 at 8:41 PM
To joepo said...

I wish you would have paid attention to you English classes while in school. That sentence was a travesty.

Monday, August 04, 2014 at 2:45 PM joepo said...

I wish everybody that dispises who,what and the values that this country was founded on and yet so greedily wants what America has to offer would just LEAVE ALREADY!!

Monday, August 04, 2014 at 12:30 PM CountryGirl said...

In response to Oh, jeez, GET A LIFE! It is an expo for people who enjoy the outdoors and enjoy hunting the food that they are going to eat! It's not showing them how to be thugs on the streets of Wilson. Would you be happier if it was? How do you know it is in bad taste? It hasn't even took place yet? Are you going to see if it is in bad taste or are you afraid to be in the same building as hard working, good hearted country folk?? I feel sorry for you.

Monday, August 04, 2014 at 8:43 AM Date said...

The event is in April 2015

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 7:24 PM outdoorsman said...

How exactly is this in bad taste? I think its great for Wilson! Cant wait!

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 3:30 PM Oh, jeez said...

This event is in really bad taste.

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 12:00 PM Rick said...

April 10-12 of what year? Or is it the month that is wrong?

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 7:28 AM
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