The 2017 Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, presented by Shikar Safari Club International, was held Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ. Since the expo was so close to our facilities, and is always a great time for friends and family of all ages, Gearfire needed to be involved.

The event has been held annually in Arizona since 2004. Each year, the expo seems to get bigger and better, and attendance proves it. This year, more people attended than ever before, topping off at approximately 48,400 men, women and children. The best part is that admission and parking are always free!

Gearfire was among the list of more than 155 sponsoring vendors of the expo!

We had never been a sponsor at this event before. It was our pleasure to be a part of it. The AZ Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo brings fun, education and excitement to our local community, all while helping folks get outdoors to experience so much that our great State has to offer. Some activities include target archery and other shooting sports (in a safe, supervised environment on the range). There is always wildlife on display, access to hiking trails, giant fishing tanks for the kids, shooting competitions, delicious food and beverages, and more! This is an event you have to be a part of to truly appreciate.

Sponsors for the expo include outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services. Oh, and GEARFIRE was there too! As a matter of fact, we may or may not have made our presence known with strategically placed stickers.

Gearfire at the expo!   kid's Gearfire sticker

The best part of the expo was interacting with those in attendance.

Gearfire rarely has a chance to hang with the folks that make our business a success. While we provide a valuable service to all of our dealers, without the help of consumers and those folks who love the outdoors, our efforts would be for nothing. So, we introduced ourselves to as many attendees as we could. We let them know all about what we do, swapped stories, and even held a (FREE) raffle for a big prize basket.

Gearfire's expo booth   AZ Game & Fish expo raffle basket  

Game & Fish Winner

Tim & Chad with our Sweepstakes winner!

Throughout the two day event, we shook a LOT of hands and had a great time overall. We can’t wait for the 2018 Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo! It is scheduled for March 24-25, 2018, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. If you’re in town, be sure to attend (it’s free after all). Don’t forget to visit the Gearfire booth!