The grand opening of the 100,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Bristol, Tenn., will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 with a special evening for conservation and continue through Aug. 24.
The Aug. 20 event will feature celebrities from the world of sports, entertainment and the outdoors, including Mike Golic, co-host of “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN radio; Tony Stewart, driver of the 2014 No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; and Wally Dallenbach Jr., a racer, NASCAR broadcaster and host of the “Track and Trail Adventures” TV show.
The celebrities will appear and sign autographs from about 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. that evening. Angler and TV host Jimmy Houston, of “Jimmy Houston Outdoors,” will serve as emcee for the event.
Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by rising country music artist Chelsea Bain. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to meet “The Mayberry Deputy,” David Browning, and Camo, the camouflage clown. Visitors can get a hands-on experience as a member of a pit crew in the Coca-Cola Pit Crew challenge. In addition, the No. 25 Bass Pro Shops and SHE Outdoor Chevrolet race car will be on display.
For every dollar spent during the evening for conservation, 50 cents will be donated to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, Wonders of Wildlife and the American National Fish and Wildlife Museum. Matching donation sponsors for the evening include Toyota Motor Sales and Johnny Morris Conservation Creel of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The grand opening will continue through Aug. 24 with free concerts, interactive vendor exhibits, giveaways and food sampling from grill vendors in the parking lot.