Final push as vendors and exhibitors ready for expected crowd of 200,000+

The NRA welcome center outside the Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The morning started early today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. In fact, for some, the morning started yesterday as set up for the Great American Outdoor Show began in earnest.

From the Shooting Sports hall to the Archery hall to Fishing and Boating, dolly and trucks weaved their way through the twists and turns of the complex to find their new home … at least for the next 10 days.

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National Manager Croft to explain how shooters earn scholarships at PA Farm Show Complex

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Fairfax, Virginia - Folks on their way to Harrisburg this weekend for the Great American Outdoor Show are in store for a treat. Not only are the 650,000 sq. feet of merchandise and services to wade through along with game calling contests and celebrity appearances, but there are also a number of highly informative seminars. Dog Training, Sausage Making, Trick Shooting, and more.

But one of the most tantalizing of seminars lies hidden amongst the others in the opening weekend is Tori Croft’s seminar on Collegiate Shooting Opportunities at 5:00 on Saturday the 7th.

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Gearing up and getting ready for the World's largest outdoor consumer show

This is a panoramic shot of the Main Hall at NRA's outdoor show

Allentown's Nick Hromiak has been covering the outdoors for more than 30 years. Writing for everyone from Sports Afield to Pennsylvania Game & Fish and NRA's American Hunter magazine, his latest piece for Examiner.com covers the opening of this weekend's Great American Outdoor Show.
The Great American Outdoor Show kicks off Feb 7 in Harrisburg
By Nick Hromiak

Mark your calendar as this coming Saturday, Feb. 7, the largest outdoors related event in the country kicks off when NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show starts its nine day run at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

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Have fun supporting the shooting sports at the Great American Outdoor Show's NRA Foundation Banquet and Wall of Guns thanks to Henry Repeating Arms

NRA Foundation's Wall of Guns at the Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania– If you're headed to this year's Feb. 7-15 Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA, two great ways to have some fun are at the NRA Foundation's Wall of Guns raffle running each day of the show and the NRA Foundation Banquet on Feb. 12. Both of these exciting events are sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms, longtime friend of the NRA.

“We are proud to announce Henry Repeating Arms as our National NRA Foundation banquet sponsor,” said Director of Volunteer Fundraising Sarah Engeset. “We truly appreciate the continued generosity Henry Repeating Arms has shown to The NRA Foundation through national donations and sponsorships. This year’s event sponsorship is another example of their dedication to supporting shooting sports traditions in America.”

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Jesse James from Outlaw Garage & Celebrity Apprentice coming to NRA's Great American

Jesse James hard at work Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - More details are springing to life as opening day of the 2015 Great American Outdoor Show draws ever and ever closer. So what's the latest revelation? The arrival of Jesse James.

Not the Jesse James of Old West fame but the Jesse James we all know from West Coast Choppers.

Scheduled to sign autographs on February 11th and 12th from 2:30pm – 4:30pm in the Small Arena, James is sure to add a little sizzle to already spicy collection of celebrity appearances.

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Up to 14 lanes of air gun fun at Pyramyd Air's Great American Range

Taking aim on the Pyramyd Air air gun range at the Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - We're a little more than a week away from the grand opening of this year's Great American Outdoor Show. Nine days of America's largest outdoor consumer show filled with celebrity appearances, a variety of special seminars, and activities the whole family can enjoy. And one of the top attractions is sure to be the Pyramyd Air Air Gun Range.

"We're so pleased to have Pyramyd Air hosting our air gun range again at the Great American Outdoor Show," said NRA Range Manager Michael Johns. "They are great to work with and great supporter of the shooting sports."

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Download GAOS 2015 on the Apple App Store and Google Play to plan your trip

GAOS 2015 the official mobile app for the Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – GAOS 2015, the official mobile app for the National Rifle Association’s Great American Outdoor Show, is now available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The free app provides users with information to plan and enhance their experience at the February 7-15 Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“Downloading the mobile app is a simple way to ensure you experience all the Great American Outdoor Show has to offer,” said NRA Shows & Exhibits Managing Director, Jeff Poole. “Whether you’re looking for a favorite exhibitor, special events, or a particular seminar, this app can help you manage the 650,000 square feet of activities and not miss a beat. Make the most of your time and use this app to help you navigate the PA Farm Show Complex with ease.”

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Take a break from the Great American Outdoor Show's 1,000 exhibitors at these fun activities

Families enjoying a day of fishing at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The 2015 Great American Outdoor Show, held February 7-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will feature several exciting interactive events and contests in addition to the show’s more than 1,000 hunting, fishing, and outdoor sports exhibitors.

Families attending the show can settle in for some group fun at the Family Fun Zone in the Hunting Outfitter Hall. This special kid friendly area is open every day and features stations for camouflage face painting, magnetic fishing, barrel racing, wildlife identification, suction cup archery, LaserShot, and more great activities for all ages.

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Saying thanks for Harrisburg's support of the Great American Outdoor Show

NRA donates $50,000 to the Harrisburg, PA Police Department

Fairfax, Virginia – Last year's Great American Outdoor Show was a smash hit for sportsmen in the Mid-Atlantic. After a successful boycott of the 2013 show when its previous owners tried limiting attendees' Second Amendment rights, the new NRA-run Great American Outdoor Show restored outdoor enthusiasts' confidence in one of Harrisburg, PA's treasured annual events.

The city of Harrisburg was such a great host, and it's police department such a great help, that the National Rifle Association wanted to give something back to the community as a way of saying thanks. As a result, we're pleased to announce the donation of $50,000 (from the NRA Foundation) to the Harrisburg, PA Police Department for the purchase of a fully equipped Police Cruiser.

“The people of Central Pennsylvania were very supportive this February when the NRA launched the Great American Outdoor Show,” said NRA General Operations Executive Director Kyle Weaver. “This is our way of thanking the community for welcoming us to the neighborhood.”

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