Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport, La., a sellout for exhibitors

With a month to go, the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo is a double sellout, reports the AP.

The free expo in the Shreveport Convention Center will feature nearly 160 booths ranging from the unusual, such as Redneck Remedy and Fishouflage, to bigger ticket items by Nitro boats, Yamaha motors and Toyota trucks. There’ll be interactive booths for youngsters and booths that only hardcore outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy.

“We originally sold out before Christmas but looked at things again and were able to identify some more space,” BASS expo and event director Eric Lopez told The Times. “We sold out again last week.” The expo will run the same days as the Classic weigh-in — Feb. 24-26.

“We are in the final preparations of all aspects of the Classic, from the hotels to launch, expo and weigh-in show. It’s all coming together very nicely,” BASS director of event partnerships Michael Mulone said. A Classic record 107,600 people attended the 2009 expo, with a Saturday crowd record of 60,123 looking for free gear and fishing tips from some of the world’s top anglers.

“If I had 20,000 more square feet, I’m confident I could fill it,” Lopez said. “We anticipated selling out in Shreveport, just not this quickly.”


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