The annual Louisiana Sportsman Show, the largest hunting and fishing show in state, is leaving its home in Ascension Parish and relocating to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center was a temporary host for the event, said show owner Tony Taylor, as the show was forced to relocate to Gonzales following the destruction caused in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Now, 12 years later, it is returning to its original location.
“Our Gonzales Show has been successful beyond our wildest dreams,” Taylor said in statement. “But in the back of my mind I always wanted to have another Show in the Dome for the fall hunting and fishing seasons. Getting available dates had been a problem for the past couple of years but we now have the Superdome locked up for at least the next three years."
Though the show is relocating, Taylor said the Lamar-Dixon show will continue in March with its outdoor and boat show.
“The Gonzales show is now recognized as one of the leading Outdoor shows in the country,” he said. “We have a long-term agreement with the Lamar Dixon Center and we expect to be in Gonzales in March for years to come. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome just offers us a unique venue to bring a huge selection of outdoor clothing and equipment to all of the hunting and fishing fans in the New Orleans area.”
The "Deer, Duck and Fishing Expo" will feature over 300 booths from vendors across the country, various gear and equipment displays, an ATV show and Big Buck Contest. There will also be numerous educational opportunities through activities, seminars and contests for children throughout the weekend.
The Quality Deer Management Association is holding its yearly convention in New Orleans during the same time as the sportsman show, bringing in outdoor celebrities, hunters and anglers to the show. Celebrity deer hunters Cuz Srtrickland and Melissa Bachman, top duck hunting personalities John Goodwin and Justin Martin of TV’s “Duck Commander and RJ and Jay Paul Molinere of “Swamp People" will be making an appearance during the event.
“This show will be the perfect complement to the show in Gonzales," said Show Director Jack Fisher.
The 2017 Louisiana Sportsman Show will be held July 21 from 3-9 p.m., July 22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and July 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit louisianasportsmanshow.com.