The 2017 Ark-La-Tex Outdoor Expo got off to a roaring start Friday as hundreds flocked to Hempstead Hall, and Saturday, the Expo continues and will run from 10 a.m. to to 6 p.m.

The 2017 Ark-La-Tex Outdoor Expo got off to a roaring start Friday as hundreds flocked to Hempstead Hall, which was turned into a virtual hunting and fishing showroom.  If it was hunting, there were bows and arrows galore; if was boats, enough to fill a small harbor, and all sorts of ATVs, fishing rods, and cookout gear.
“We are very pleased with the opening, and we anticipate a bigger crowd here all day on Saturday.  It has been especially exciting because this is the first time we’ve had anything exactly like this in Hempstead Hall,” Hempstead Hall Director Dolly Henley said.
For Saturday, the Expo continues and will run from 10 a.m. to to 6 p.m. Tickets for admission are $3.00, Henley said.
As Friday afternoon moved into Friday night, more people showed up for the live performance of country star Craig Morgan; Henley said that over 700 tickets to the Morgan concert had been sold, and all those folks had admission to the Expo, too.
“The Morgan show started at 7:30, and the first night of the Expo ran to 8 p.m. There was some overlap, so it was a great opportunity for our vendors and exhibits to be seen,” Henley said.
During Friday afternoon, as Morgan’s road crew and stage personnel showed up, Henley said Morgan himself had toured the Expo.
“It was exciting, and I think they enjoyed being here while the Expo was going on,” she said.
Vendors include Rothwell Marine, Hope Tractor, Futrell Marine, Gregg Orr Marine, Parish Polaris, Pettit Machinery, Townsend Outdoors, Hope Archery, Archery Addiction, Rowe’s Leather, Baits and Blades, Cato Lamps, Eddie Horton Turkey Calls, Big Cat Baits, Erwin Knives, Red River Credit Union, Diamond Bank, Farm Credit, and Farmer’s Insurance.
The Expo is aimed as an outdoor enthusiast trade show, catering to the three-state Ark-La-Tex region.  Exhibits and vendors are focused on hunters, fishers, hikers, cyclists, campers and climbers.