Expo will show off new outdoors gear, technology
FARMINGTON — Outdoors enthusiasts will have the opportunity to check out the latest outdoor gear and technology during the Four Corners Outdoor and Travel Expo on Saturday and Sunday at McGee Park.
This is the second year that McGee Park has hosted the event, which previously took place in Durango, Colo. The expo is organized by Four Corners Expo, a division of Ballantine Communications, the company that owns the Durango Herald.
Many popular vendors from past years, such as the show's gold sponsor, Chisolm Trail RV, will be at McGee Park this year, said Cindy Fisher, show coordinator with Four Corners Expo. Several new vendors, including Aztec Ruins National Monument and Navajo Dam's Soaring Eagle Lodge, are also scheduled to attend this year's event.
Also returning is the outdoor retailer Sportsman’s Warehouse, which also sponsors the event.
Nathan Asiu, store manager of the Farmington location, said the early March event feeds into the outdoors spring fever that grips the Four Corners around this time.
"It allows us to showcase some of our spring products," he said.
When Asiu thinks of spring, he said he pictures fishing and boating, as well as yard games. People are also gearing up for turkey hunts, he said.
Because of that, the store plans to showcase products at the expo that go hand-in-hand with spring, including fishing supplies ranging from clothes and rods to a "fish hunter," which allows shore and kayak anglers to locate fish.
"For the fisherman that has everything, I guarantee he doesn't have this," Asiu said about the portable device, which generates an image of the floor of a body of water and transmits that data to a mobile app.
Sportsman's Warehouse will also showcase hunting products, including turkey hunting supplies, muzzle-loader rifles and bows.
The store will also again host a tent set-up competition that challenges people to set up a Kelty Grand Mesa two-person tent as quickly as they can. Last year's winner — who also got to keep the tent — set it up in less than one minute and 50 seconds, Asiu said.
Other activities will include a casting competition, fly-tying demonstrations and metal detecting activities.
Several local fishing groups are also planning to have representatives at the expo, including the Three Rivers Bass Team Trail, a bass fishing circuit in Farmington. The expo helps the club introduce people to what it does, said Billy Dunson, one of the circuit's organizers.
“We’re out there trying to get our name out,” he said.
Last year, about 1,000 people attended the two-day expo, Fisher said, adding that she hopes to see that number increase this year.
"Because it is a new expo, we're still building it," she said.
Dunson echoed Fisher's optimism.
“I think it was a good show, and I think the more it goes on, the more people it will attract,” Dunson said.
Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.
If you go
What: Four Corners Outdoor and Travel Expo
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: McGee Park, 41 County Road 5568
Price: $3 for admission
More info: Go to fourcornersexpos.com.