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July 30, 2010

Harry Hampton Hunting & Fishing Expo coming back to Upstate Aug. 27-29

The Harry Hampton Hunting & Fishing Expo is coming back to Spartanburg and Upstate South Carolina! The hunting, fishing and outdoors exposition will be held Aug. 27-29 at the Spartanburg Expo Center, 6655 Pottery Road, Spartanburg, SC (Interstate 26, Exit 17). The Hunting & Fishing Expo will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The show's theme will again be "Something for everyone…including the kids!"

Keith Johnson, professional B.A.S.S. and FLW tour angler, will be at the Expo with the Bass Tub by Hurt Promotions. The Bass Tub is a 4,000 gallon mobile aquarium that travels the country performing at sports, fishing, boat, hunting and outdoor expos and other events. Keith has bass fished professionally for most of his adult life and will be sharing fishing tips and techniques.

The Expo will also feature Sammy Schrimsher's famous whitetail exhibit, hunting, fishing and outdoors seminars and fun for the entire family. Show booths will be stocked with the latest in hunting, fishing & outdoor equipment, plus boats, ATVs and more for show & sale! In addition, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be on hand with a number of exhibits and demonstrations.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will feature their "Take One-Make One" mobile educational trailer with BB shooting ranges, virtual reality shooting and more, plus the agency will have a virtual fishing simulator set up for the thrill of catching not only freshwater species, but offshore big game fish as well.

The Harry Hampton Hunting & Fishing Expo is sponsored by the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund Inc. The Hampton Fund is a private, non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors from across South Carolina which partners with DNR to benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina. Funds are obtained solely through private donations, special promotional projects and fund-raising events. The Hampton Fund uses proceeds to fund natural resources conservation projects in South Carolina. Examples include programs such as Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs; Operation Game Thief; Project WILD, Camp Wildwood and Becoming An Outdoors Woman.

The show is managed by Dave Bruner, Jim Goller and Denise Frost, with a combined total of more than 40 years of event management experience. Goller and Bruner are best known for their management of the famous Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic hunting and fishing show in Columbia, now in its 26th year. "We're excited to be bringing the Expo back," said Frank Sistare, chairman of the Hampton Fund and a Spartanburg resident. "It's an opportunity to showcase the importance and opportunities of natural resources in South Carolina."

Admission to the Expo is $6, and parking is free. Kids 7-12 get in for $4; children under 7 are admitted free. For more information on the Harry Hampton Hunting & Fishing Expo, to learn how to exhibit or to learn more about the Hampton Fund, call Denise Frost at (803) 734-4008 or Jim Goller at (803) 600-1570.

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