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New DU Expo Replaces Great Outdoors Festival

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 25, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) confirmed that the new Ducks Unlimited Expo is scheduled for Sept. 17-18 at Agricenter International in Memphis. According to DU, this new outdoor event will be just as exciting and entertaining as the DU Great Outdoors Festival, which enjoyed a successful 10 year run in Memphis, ending in June 2004.

The Ducks Unlimited Expo will feature most of the same great activities of the old Festival program with many new and exciting twists and much reduced ticket prices.  For instance, one-day entry for a family of two adults and three children, ages 6-12, is only $20 compared to $54 last year – a savings of $34.  Individual ticket prices will be much lower, too.

“It’s a great family oriented event,” said DU’s Tommy Jackson, chairman of the DU Expo executive committee. “Everyone, no matter what age, will find something they can enjoy.”

The new DU Expo focuses on outdoor fun for family members of all ages. Attendees can shoot shotguns at clay targets; shoot high-tech air rifles; shoot a bow; drive 4x4 trucks or SUVs on a challenging track; paddle a canoe or kayak on the Expo pond; cast a fly or a bass plug; check out the latest ATV’s; learn how to train a hunting dog; climb a rock wall; or participate in many other outdoor activities.  Then, they can get ready for the hunting seasons by shopping for the latest outdoor gear from the wide variety of sponsors and exhibitors who will be there.

A new feature of the 2005 Expo will be an array of outdoor skills competitions for the whole family, including: shooting, archery, casting, duck and goose calling, a 5K run and an adventure race, Big-Air and speed-dog canine competitions, and a variety of kids fun competitions at the WREG Channel 3 Family Fun Station. To top it all off, attendees will have the chance to participate in a wide variety of outdoor workshops and seminars designed to improve their hunting, fishing and general outdoor skills. And there will be exciting demonstrations from experts like Benelli’s renowned trick shooter, Tom Knapp.

So mark your calendars for the new fall dates of Sept. 17-18! The new Ducks Unlimited Expo is coming to Agricenter International in Memphis with lower ticket prices, the very best in interactive outdoor activities and skills competitions, and the perfect opportunity to shop for that “just right” piece of outdoor gear.

Bring the entire family and enjoy the games, the gear and the good times! 

For more information on the 2005 Ducks Unlimited Expo, visit our web site at www.ducks.org/specialevents/dux. For sponsorship and exhibitor sales information contact Rick Mays at 901-384-8880 and rmays@ducks.org, or Buddy Murdock at 901-828-8180 and bmurdock@ducks.org

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization.  The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands – nature’s most productive ecosystems – and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.


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