It’s the outdoor show of outdoor shows, and the largest in the country.
The NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show rolls into the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg this weekend (Feb. 1-9) for its nine-day extravaganza. This show is unlike any other in that it annually draws over 170,000 visitors and features the top firearms/fishing manufacturer’s showing their latest offerings. It annually features hunting/fishing outfitters and charters from around the world.
This year’s show will feature over 200 seminars from outdoor experts and celebrities with demonstrations and contests in archery, casting and for the youngsters, the Eddie Eagle Zone area that will hand out more than 5,000 prizes for kids while providing life-saving gun safety and accident prevention instruction. There’s also the kids Basketball Court, Wildlife Identification, face painting and crafts for youngsters of all ages.
Last year, nearly 7,000 shooters of all ages took their best shots at NRA’s Air Gun Range – firing 85,000 airsoft rounds into more than 500 targets.
Back again is the 3D Bowhunter Challenge and Spot Challenge contests with prizes awarded to the top shooters.
This years NRA’s Country Concert features singer Chris Janson with Jon Langston and Jacob Bryant country artists.
Over 11 dogs will compete in the Dock Dogs competition in the large arena with the dogs being judged in several categories.
Personalities include Phil Robertson of Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty TV show, the hunting duo of Lee and Tiffany Lakosky and many more.
Buy a ticket to NRA Foundation’s Wall of Guns trailer of rifles and handguns which will be raffled off from the display case.
Then there’s the Friends of NRA Banquet on Feb. 7 where members and prospective members can meet and hear a state of the Second Amendment presentation by NRA officers.
In addition to these, there will be the latest truck offerings from RAM, Yamaha ATVs and several aftermarket companies plus new boats, kayaks and marine products will be displayed.
To save time at the admissions gate, showgoers can speed their entrance by buying advanced tickets online.
Adult tickets are $15; 2-Day tickets $25; Child (6-12) $7; Seniors (65 and over) $12; Groups (10 minimum) $12; and Late Afternoon (after 3 p.m.) $8. Previously purchased Bounce-Back tickets allow free admission on the final day. Children under five are free with a paying adult and NRA offers free admission for those joining NRA at the show.
Show hours are Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Feb. 2 and Feb 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Feb. 3 and Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Parking is offered at several sites with shuttle service offered from outlying parking lots.
The Farm Show Arena is located at 2300 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. For added information check www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.
For those needing an electric scooter, they are available for rental but should be reserved prior to attending. There’s free Wi-Fi and a mobile app that can be downloaded by visiting the above website where there’s a map of the facilities and a host of questions/answers about the show.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.