SPRINGFIELD, MO – This year’s Hunt, Fish & Swap outdoor show features a venue change, due to the event’s growth in its fifth year. On Feb. 23 and 24 outdoor enthusiasts can join The Arc at the Springfield Expo Center and shop over 125 booths of new and slightly used hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment.
Presented by Empire Bank and Central Trust Investment Company, the hunting and fishing show benefits programs for people with disabilities in the Ozarks. One goal is to fund The Arc’s Individualized Supported Living environments, or ISLs. ISLs allow The Arc to provide individualized supports to the individuals.
In addition to vendor booths Hunt, Fish & Swap includes fun activities for children and seminar sessions for those interested in learning more about hunting and fishing topics. Speakers include: Tim Baker and his hunting dogs; Kurt Bose of Cross Trail Outfitters on wild turkey hunting; Rick Flint on crappie fishing; Matt Canovi on handgun cleaning; Brian Utecht of Whitetail Properties on whitetail hunting and Steve Brown on catfish fishing. We also have raffles for a Henry Golden Boy .22; a Charles Bailey 410, over/under in display case and a guided turkey hunt, filmed for TV by 417 Bow Hunters.
Show hours are 9am-5 pm Saturday, Feb. 23 and 10am-4 pm Sunday, Feb. 24. Admission is $5 at the door for those 12 and older. Discount tickets for $3 can be purchased at Youngblood Auto, SOMO Farm & Ranch, Rick’s Automotive, Just in Case, Honda of the Ozarks and any Rapid Roberts location.
Concessions are available on site. All proceeds benefit The Arc. Additional sponsors include: Rio Contracting, LLC.; SRC Holdings; Bass Pro Outdoor World; United Access; AdSmith Marketing & Advertising; Barker Phillips Jackson; Day at the Range; KTTS; KY3; Fellows Lake Marina and 417 Pet Sitting.
The Arc is a local non-profit that supports individuals as they live, learn and work in the community. Programs include residential services; day habilitation; employment supports; programming for those with autism and dual diagnosis; training and education, and recreational therapy.