NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show: A Paradise for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Written by on 02/11/2024

Welcome to the NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show, where the heart of outdoor recreation beats strongest, and dreams of adventure come to life. Held annually at the expansive Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, this show stands as a testament to the spirit of the outdoors, drawing enthusiasts from across the nation to celebrate the wonders of nature and adventure.

Unparalleled Experiences: Spanning over 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, the Great American Outdoor Show boasts more than 1,000 exhibitors, offering a vast array of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. From outfitters and fishing boats to shooting manufacturers and archery, the show presents a paradise for hunters and anglers alike. Whether you seek the thrill of the hunt or the tranquility of a fishing trip, you’ll find endless opportunities to turn your dreams into reality.

Exciting Events: One of the highlights of the show is the exhilarating Dock Dogs – Big Air Dog Contest, where furry athletes showcase their incredible leaping abilities, captivating audiences with every jump. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Lumberjack Championships feature thrilling competitions such as the Underhand Chop, Springboard Chop, Axe Throwing, and the awe-inspiring “Hotsaw” event, providing spectators with unforgettable moments of skill and strength.

Educational Seminars: With over 200 presentations and seminars led by outdoor experts, attendees have the chance to deepen their knowledge and learn valuable insights on a variety of topics. From strategies for drawing in mature bucks to discussions on cultivating the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts, the show offers a wealth of educational opportunities for all levels of experience.


Sponsors and Community Bonding: Celebrating Connections at the Great American Outdoor Show

Amidst the exhilarating buzz of the Great American Outdoor Show, there lies a heartwarming narrative of community and camaraderie, fostered by cherished sponsors and esteemed veteran-owned companies and organizations.

Sponsorship Spotlight: One of the highlights of the show is the opportunity to engage with the dedicated sponsors of the HMG Network. During the event, we had the pleasure of connecting with Mr. Barry Breidegan, the visionary behind Forget Genetics. Forget Genetics ( stands as a testament to resilience and dedication, being a veteran-owned, family-run operation. Barry graciously shared insights into the ethos of Forget Genetics, enriching our understanding of its noble mission. Watch here

Additionally, our time with Jim and Gina from Jim Neary’s Live Bait and Tackle, and the team from Warriors on the Water Ltd., was a true delight. ( Their unwavering support over the years has been invaluable, and it’s always a joy to reconnect with them. Warriors on the Water Ltd., a non-profit organization, exemplifies dedication to veterans and law enforcement personnel, offering transformative fishing experiences through various tournaments held throughout the year. Save the date for May 18th, as their “BIG ONE” event promises an unforgettable day of angling adventures and camaraderie, complete with a delightful pig roast for all attendees. Watch Here

Digital Trigger’s Return: We are thrilled to announce the return of Digital Trigger as a network sponsor for the 2024 season. (Link here) Their enduring partnership is a testament to shared values and mutual respect, and we are honored to continue our journey together.

Other Veteran Companies and Organizations: The Great American Outdoor Show is a melting pot of stories, where connections are forged and friendships reignite. This year, we had the pleasure of reconnecting with old friends from Band of Heroes Outdoors, led by the inspiring Wesley Young. ( Our conversations brimmed with nostalgia and shared experiences, reminding us of the enduring bonds that stand the test of time. Watch Here

Moreover, meeting with Dan Waite, the founder of Operation Reboot Outdoors, was a poignant reminder of the transformative power of outdoor experiences. ( Dan’s unwavering commitment to supporting veterans is truly inspiring, and it was a privilege to catch up and learn about the latest developments within the organization. Watch Here

In the midst of these heartfelt reunions, we also welcomed a new friend in Fish or Die Bait Company. ( Founded by Taylor, an Army veteran and current law enforcement officer, Fish or Die Bait Company embodies the spirit of resilience and innovation. Learning about Taylor’s journey from service to entrepreneurship was a testament to the indomitable spirit of our nation’s veterans. Watch Here

 Memorable Moments: A Night to Remember at the NRA Presidential Forum

Friday night at the Great American Outdoor Show brought forth an unforgettable spectacle as attendees eagerly anticipated the NRA Presidential Forum. With anticipation running high, thousands of eager individuals, having queued for hours, flooded into the expansive arena, numbering over 8,000, all eager to witness the address of former President Donald Trump.

The evening commenced with a powerful performance by two combat veterans known as “The War Hippies,” who captivated the audience with their resonant hits, “American Son” and “The Hangman.” Their performance set the stage for an evening filled with patriotism and fervor. Follow here 

As the energy in the arena reached a crescendo, NRA spokesman Billy McLaughlin took to the stage, igniting the crowd with his impassioned speech. With unwavering conviction, McLaughlin rallied the audience, leading chants of “We’re never going to give up our guns,” and “Shall not be infringed.” His fervor and charisma electrified the atmosphere, setting the tone for the evening.

The anticipation reached its peak as former President Donald Trump made his grand entrance, greeted by thunderous applause and cheers from the crowd. Amidst a backdrop of enthusiastic supporters, Trump delivered a stirring address, promising a new dawn for America. With unwavering determination, he proclaimed, “We will make America proud again, we will make America safe again, and we will make America great again.” His words resonated deeply with the audience, encapsulating the spirit of hope and renewal.

As the night drew to a close, attendees departed with a renewed sense of purpose and optimism, inspired by the impassioned speeches and patriotic fervor that filled the arena.

Continuing the Celebration: As the exhilarating night concluded, the excitement continued into Saturday morning as the exhibit halls opened once more, welcoming thousands of eager explorers to peruse the diverse array of vendors and exhibits. Saturday night brought forth another spectacle as NRA Country presented Warren Zeiders and Randy Houser co-heading, accompanied by special guest Jacob Bryant. With cowboy hats donned and boots dusted off, attendees embraced the spirit of camaraderie and celebration, capping off another unforgettable day at the Great American Outdoor Show.

Conclusion: For anyone passionate about the outdoors, the NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show is an experience like no other. From the thrill of exploring the exhibit halls to the excitement of witnessing world-class competitions and performances, the show captures the essence of adventure and celebration. As we eagerly anticipate the next edition, one thing remains certain: the Great American Outdoor Show will always be the ultimate destination for those who seek the thrill of the wild and the camaraderie of fellow outdoor enthusiasts. We hope to see you there next year!


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