Not minutes in the door, I ran into friend Rick Copeland with Wilderness Unlimited. This would be the first of many such encounters. All the right people are at the International Sportsmen's Exposition. With thousands of attendees, it's amazing to see so many familiar faces. Remember, the show is H-U-G-E! Despite the Expo map and exhibitor listings, it can be challenging locating certain vendors or displays. But wandering the aisles and buildings is half the fun.
Rick guided me to friends Jillene and Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International Sportfishing, for hugs and smiles. An endless stream of interested anglers stop by to hear the latest and greatest about Baja California Sur sportfishing with J&J! Of course, they aren't the only Baja offering but they are my #1!
I chatted with friends from Mono County Tourism, California Delta Chambers & Visitors Bureau, NorCal.FishReports.com, and Western Outdoor News. Time to enjoy fly-tying demonstrations, pricing a kayak, making a new friend at Lake Shasta Caverns, some lunch and then more exploring. Honestly, I barely scratched the surface.
The All-Theater Schedules and Demonstrations offer a wide-range of educational opportunities. From the bleachers at the Ultimate Bass Demo Tank, sponsored by WesternBass.com, learn the latest techniques, talk fish, and ask questions. This year's Expo includes new off-roading test tracks where you can test ride ATV and UTV models from Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can Am and Honda. -- Woah!
Yes, it's true, once again I ran out of time before I ran out of fun. You can do the same and then some at the International Sportsmen's Exposition, Sacramento.
International Sportsmen's Exposition, Sacramento
Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds
1600 Exposition Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95815
No pets, firearms or outside food or drink allowed.
Friday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Youth under 16 FREE
Buy tickets online or at the door
Parking: Cal Expo Parking: $10 per car