Tennessee Outdoor Expo June 2 and 3

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The 2nd Annual Upper Cumberland Tennessee Outdoor Classic Expo has been set for June 2-3 at the Cumberland County Community Complex in Crossville.

The event is co-sponsored by the Christian Outdoorsman, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and raises funds for the Hunters for the Hungry, Archery in the Schools Program and the Scholastic Clay Target Program.

Admission for the two day event is $2.00 or a canned food item per person. All proceeds will be donated to the local hunters for the hungry program. The gates will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

"We had a fantastic event last year for our first attempt at raising funds for some great local and statewide programs and we still have room for several vendor booths. I encourage local and area outdoor type business to participate in this event that gives so much to the community," said Doyle McCoy, Co-event organizer.

Vendor spaces range from premium double space - $100, high traffic, single space - $50, and regular space - $25. Space is also available for food vendors, who will donate 10% of their profits to the Hunters for the Hungry Program.

This year's Tennessee Outdoor Classic features several seminars by well known outdoor experts that include; Chris Nischan, a FFF certified casting instructor, Southeastern hunting and fishing guide, and a guide for the TWRA's award winning "Tennessee's Wildside" TV show available statewide on Public Broadcasting Stations. Nischan will present a special casting seminar aimed at kids of all ages and a casting contest with prizes. John Louk, Executive Director of the Treestand Manufactures Association, Hattiesburg, Mississippi will host a seminar on treestand safety from their new curriculum and will be giving away free treestand products from all of the TMA membership. Gary Sefton, is a premier outdoor event speaker, outdoor writer, and expert in deer and wild turkey vocalizations and communications. Sefton is known for his "Callmaster" DVD and having been a two time former World Deer Calling Champion. He will share his knowledge with a deer calling seminar both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition TWRA personnel will provide seminars on Aquatic Habitats in your Backyard, Boating Safety and a special demonstration of TWRA's wild turkey rocket net used for decades in the restoration of the animals to all Counties in Tennessee.

TWRA will also provide a .22 caliber portable firing range trailer, archery range, Laser Shot shooting system and deer head scoring for the state registry.

The event also features music by the Cumberland Heart Blue Grass band and Nashville's 2nd Nature. Another crowd pleaser will be the WyndRidge Health and Rehab Chili Cook-off with a cash prize for the winner chili samples for the public on Saturday. To register for the chili cook-off, call Barbie Neely at (931) 337-1770. On Sunday a church service will be held and all TWRA exhibits and vendors will be on hand.

For vendor space or more information about the event call Doyle McCoy at (931) 335-3030 or at got2hunt2live@yahoo.com.