By Lars Dalseide | February 17 2011 13:33

Thanks to Nicole McMahon of Field Operations for sending NRAblog the following announcement:

Western North Carolina Friends of NRA named exhibitor in 2012 African Sporting Expo

The inaugural African Sporting Exposition was held on January 20-22, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The show played host to some of the finest collection of African hunting, photo and fishing outfitters. And next year, the Western North Friends of NRA Carolina Friends of NRA will take part in this unique event.

“We are happy to see an international hunting show coming back to Charlotte,” said Doug Merrill, NRA Field Rep for Western North Carolina. “Gray Thornton, Vice President of Inyathi Productions, graciously provided a booth to the Friends of NRA in 2012 where we will have the chance to talk with attendees about our events and discuss Friends of NRA opportunities.”

The 2012 African Sporting Exposition will be held January 26-28 at the Charlotte Convention Center and Five-Star Westin Hotel, home to the record-breaking 2010 NRA Annual Meetings.

“Charlotte’s business community liked what they saw at the inaugural 2011 event,” stated Kelli Thornton, President of Inyathi Productions. “The Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, area banks, sporting goods retailers, NASCAR racing legends, sporting clubs and associations all pledged to promote and support next year's show.”

For more information on the African Sporting Exposition visit or email

To learn more about the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA visit or contact NRA Field Rep Doug Merrill at (828) 628-0410 or


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