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Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid to host the largest hunting, waterfowl sale and festival ever for families and outdoors enthusiasts

World's Hunting & Wildlife Expo to take place in Memphis Oct. 16th – 25th and feature duck calling contests, Duck Dash 5K, live entertainment, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., outdoors celebrities and more

Bass Pro Shops today announced plans to host the largest hunting and waterfowl event ever with an unprecedented lineup of activities and special events for outdoor enthusiasts and families. The ten-day event will take place Oct. 16th – 25th at the all-new Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thousands are expected to attend the expo, which includes daily seminars and demonstrations by top names from the world of hunting and waterfowling and a variety of exhibits, celebrity appearances and activities for everyone from experts to beginners.

Key events include the Big Cypress National Duck Calling Championship expected to draw competitors from across the country; Super Retriever Series, the popular pool diving dog competition; the Monster Energy Supercross Show; and the first-ever Duck Dash 5K Family Fun Run/Walk among others. The festival atmosphere will also offer local food, drinks and free concerts.

"This is going to be the biggest and most spectacular event of its kind in the country," said David Hagel, general manager of Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. "Everyone is invited to celebrate waterfowl species as we inspire more families to spend more time together enjoying the outdoors."

Waterfowl and hunting events

Autumn is a favorite time of year for many people, particularly those who enjoy hunting and waterfowling sports. The first week of the expo will focus on general hunting activities while the second will specifically highlight waterfowl. Key activities include:

-Premium seminars, classes and demonstrations featuring outdoors celebrities, pro hunters and world-renowned scientists (Hunting: Oct. 16 – 18, Waterfowl: October 23 – 25). Attendees can purchase a pass granting them access to all seminars.
-Big Cypress National Duck Calling Championship with expert callers from across the country competing for the largest prize pool ever assembled on Saturday, Oct. 24.
-The biggest sale of waterfowl and hunting gear ever assembled with great deals on the latest name-brand hunting and waterfowl gear throughout the expo.
-Vendor booths displaying the latest waterfowl and hunting gear.
-Conservation partners including Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited and more.

Fun for everyone

Special activities are planned throughout the entire ten-day expo with major events taking place every day. Highlights include:

-Super Retriever Series – Watch the top sporting dogs in the world compete in a pool diving competition plus dog training demos on Oct. 17 and 18.
-Coca-Cola Taste of Memphis – Sample local fare from a variety of favorite local Memphis restaurants Oct. 17 and 18.
-Monster Energy Supercross Show – Hold on for the show of your life as a daredevil team of motorcross riders soar 40-feet in the air on Oct 19.
-Duck Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk – Run, walk or flock at this family-oriented event that supports Ducks Unlimited. The race begins and ends at the Pyramid. "Fun fowl" attire highly encouraged. Oct. 24.
-Free live concerts on Oct. 20 – 22. Artists and times to be announced soon.
-Free Saturday Night Celebration Concert at the NRA Country Stage on Oct. 24.
-Major League Eating Moon Pie Competition – Watch some of the best competitive eaters in the world take on an entirely new challenge: Moon Pies. Oct. 24.
-Kids Outdoor Day with free activities and events including a catch-and-release pond, BB gun range, archery range and family-friendly seminars on Oct. 25.
-Meet your favorite outdoors and sports celebrities including NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt. Jr., Kerry Earnhardt, Kelly Earnhardt, Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Bowyer, Richard Childress, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon, "Turtleman" Ernie Brown, Jr., "Pigman" Brian Quaca and Dude Perfect. Stay tuned for specific dates and times.

The nation's waterfowl capital

Located in downtown Memphis along the Mississippi River and famous Mississippi Flyway, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid offers the largest assortment of waterfowl and related hunting equipment ever assembled and a wide selection of other high-quality outdoor gear.

The Pyramid is also home to the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, a free wetlands education museum showcasing the history of waterfowling and wetlands conservation. Created in partnership with Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, the Center allows visitors to learn more about the incredible wildlife found along the Mississippi Flyway and the importance of conserving wetlands. Guests can enter a duck blind and try their hand at duck hunting in a fun, interactive 4D simulation experience, learn to identify different waterfowl species, chat with experts, and marvel at the craftsmanship of the largest collection of waterfowl decoys along with taxidermy, calls and sporting art.

Schedule and additional details

All activities will take place at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Due to outdoor activities, parking directly outside the Pyramid will be limited on certain days. Additional details including a confirmed schedule of events, participating sponsors and more can be found online at www.basspro.com/waterfowlexpo. More information will be added as it becomes available.



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