ARTHUR -- The seventh annual Central Illinois Outdoor Expo is set for Friday and Saturday, according to a press release. The venue for the show will once again be the Otto Center, located on County Line Road one quarter mile south of downtown Arthur.
The Central Illinois Outdoor Expo will open at 10 a.m. Friday and continue until 8 p.m. that evening. Saturday, the hours for the exposition are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is a $5 admission fee at the door for adults, with kids 12 years old and younger admitted free of charge.
The seventh annual expo will have a full list of vendors ranging from hunting, fishing, archery and taxidermy to hiking, camping, boating, bird calls, lures, generators, and chainsaws as well as information on conservation of our natural resources. The list of vendors has grown each year and 2018 is no exception.
Seminars will be held both days of the event by area outdoor experts. The schedule on Friday includes: Heartland Guide Service, 4 p.m.; Cross Trail Outfitters, 6 p.m.
The Saturday schedule is also packed with informational seminars which include: Dave Shadow, 8:30 a.m.; Heartland Guide Service, 9:30 a.m.; Cross Trail Outfitters, 11:30 a.m.; and Mike Mounce, 1:30 p.m.
Sponsors and organizers welcome Nolan Lee with his paint ball gaming area for the kids as well as a target practice game. Every child coming to the event will get a free ticket for one paint ball game or a ticket for bow target shooting sponsored by Cross Trail Outfitters.
Each day there will be numerous giveaways as well as door prizes supplied by event vendors and others. There will be four $100 gift cards from area merchants given away both days of the event sponsored by the Central Illinois Outdoor Expo.
This year’s sponsors are The Arthur Area Association of Commerce, Arthur Area Economic Development Corporation, Otto’s Canvas Service, State Bank of Arthur (a division of Morton Community Bank), Country Shoe Shop, Arthur’s Country Inn, 2nd Chance Wood and Tri-County Welding. All invite you to come out and experience the great outdoors in the Arthur area for a weekend of winter fun for the entire family.
To find out more about this event coming back to the Arthur area, visit www.arthuroutdoorexpo.com, call 217-268- 3820 or visit the Central Illinois Outdoor Expo Facebook page.