Hunting and Outdoor Expo Loaded with Fun

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Second Annual Maryland Hunting and Outdoor Expo Promises Explosive Fun

CHARLES COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS - 8/14/2008

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By Kelly Martini

This weekend the Charles County Fairgrounds will be home to the second annual Maryland Hunting and Outdoor Expo.

Hosted by Buckwild Outdoors Magazine, the two-day event is loaded with demonstrations, displays and contests that promise to be explosively fun. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Aug. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 17, participate in door prizes, raffles and giveaways.

The first 500 people through the gates each day have a chance to win a new bow. Admission is $6 at the door and includes both days. Children 12 and under enter for free.

The weekend’s events will include seminars by duck hunting legend, Phil Robertson, a 3D Archery Tournament hosted by Southern Maryland Archers, a launch party for Buckwild Outdoors Magazine, test drives of Cam-Am four wheelers, an appearance by Bill Crutchfield and his Maryland state record buck, a live grizzly bear and much, much more!

Thee expo will have a score of events targeted at family fun including a farm animal petting zoo, a giant rock-climbing wall, a youth archery clinic and more.

Tim Bradley of Team Benelli;
Photo courtesy of Team Benelli

Team Benelli’s Tim Bradley will be making a guest appearance and performing some of his most difficult trick shots to thrill the crowd.

His goals for the weekend? “Entertaining the crowd. Shooting over my head, upside down, up the back of my shoulder,” Bradley explained through a heavy southern accent.

The marksman from Jonesboro, Ark., started shooting when he was a kid with his rifle and a pistol but didn’t pick up a shotgun until about six or seven years ago. Now in his third year with Benelli, he says it was luck that he joined the team.

“I quit shooting for a while and ended up getting into the bounty hunting business.” Bradley continued, “I started practicing and next thing you know I was shooting a lot.”

He said he made some DVDs and videos of his work and the timing was perfect. Benelli was starting a television show at the time and asked Bradley to join the team upon viewing his own videos.

Bradley gives a warning to his audience before seeing his performance. “Normally we get people that are really surprised because most of the time they’ve never seen an exhibition shooter.”

“You know we do not want anyone to go home and try this. They’re not dangerous because I’ve done them thousands and thousands of times,” he explained. “It could be dangerous if anyone tried it at home.”

For more information on the Hunting and Outdoor Expo, visit their Web site.


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