This three day outdoor sports extravaganza kicks off in Ely, Minnesota , just before the Minnesota fishing opener gets underway.
Friday, May 4 -Sunday, May 6, 2012
Attendees will experience a giant, heated event size tent* featuring hunting, fishing and other outdoor sport products and vendors, along with information on camping, vacations, resorts and all the other attractions our area has to offer.
Attendees can also hear a wide range of sport-related speakers and symposiums and participate in many other family entertainment offerings, both inside and outside the tented areas.
Seminars, demonstrations and music will also take place throughout the day on the main stage, located inside the tent, with a full music concert that will take place at the end of Saturdays show.
Outside the tent*, visitors can also enjoy our various food vendors or shop for fishing boats, canoes, SUVs, ATVs Snowmobiles and more. Attendees will also be able to take in the other large trailer type events and displays.
The public will also be invited to participate in our used canoe, boat and camping gear auction that will take place during the event.
Each year, area outfitters turn over and replace the majority of their outdoor gear. This auction will give guests a chance to bid on these lots, along with other selected items.
The Expo will be taking place in Ely's Whiteside Park,* located between 7th & 8th Avenues on Sheridan Street, The proximity of the Expo will allow it to have high visibility on the city's main street that is lined with outfitters, outdoor clothing stores, and restaurants.
Ely, Minnesota is a natural fit for an event such as this, because it is known throughout the world as a Mecca for outdoor activity and is a main entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
* Weather conditions or other factors may cause us to use ann alternate indoor facility
Ely Outdoor Expo 127 East Sheridan Ely, MN 55731 218-365-2440
One of the many events and displays taking place outside the main Ely Outdoor Expo event tent, is the Minnesota Army National Guard's Rock Climbing Wall and Obstacle Course that will be featured throughout the entire Expo. Both the 30' tall Climbing Wall and the 110' long inflatable Obstacle Course will be free of charge and open to anyone ready to have some fun and challenge themselves throughout the entire event.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE EXPO
Dog Obedience and Agility With Paula McKenzie will be discussed on the main stage and demonstrated throughout the weekend outside the tent with the full agility course being expertly navigated by her amazing yellow labs
Due to the likely and unforeseen extension of the 2012 fishing season, beginning the week prior to the original opener and coinciding with the Ely Outdoor Expo, we have had several requests from exhibitors to be released from their contracts with the Ely Outdoor Expo.
Out of respect to our exhibitors and presenters and the added pressure this would put on their businesses, we have elected to postpone this inaugural outdoor sports event until 2013.
Many of these same exhibitors have already given their support and commitment for the Expo in 2013
Thank you to everyone who has shown such enthusiastic support for this promising new event.
We apologies for any inconvenience this change may have caused.
See you in 2013,Good fishing! -MJ