Producer adds outdoors show in Chicago

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Met Event Group is producing the Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show Jan. 26-29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

The announcement comes less than a month after the National Marine Manufacturers Association said it was canceling the Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show, which was scheduled for Jan. 25-29 at the same convention center.

The NMMA said there was not a sufficient critical mass to create an acceptable selling environment for exhibitors and a quality event for attendees.

In its announcement of the new show, the Met Event Group said, “The Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show’s goal is to deliver seminars, attractions and exhibits designed to speak to sportsmen and women of all ages, with a focus on activities that the entire family can enjoy.”

Exhibitors will display fishing tackle, boats, archery equipment, outdoor clothing, wildlife art, hunting supplies, charters, rafting, gun safes and knives, taxidermy supplies and more. The show also will include seminars.

“The Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show is committed to creating an education platform that enhances the outdoor community,” organizers said. “As this is our introductory year in Rosemont, it will take us some time to develop a well-rounded program, but we are a trusted source in the outdoor community and this is our pledge to Chicagoland to produce a high-quality event for many years to come.”

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