2016 Southern Sportsman’s Festival & Expo Partners With Wetland Watchers For Fundraiser

WESTWEGO, LA – The three-day 3rd Annual Southern Sportsman’s Festival & Expo starts on Friday, June 10, and runs through the Sunday, June 12, 2016, and will feature outdoor-oriented fun for the whole family that includes seminars and demonstrations, hands-on activities and interaction with hundreds of trusted outdoor experts.
         Inside the Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., in Westwego, LA, outdoor enthusiasts can view and purchase the latest in sports gear, especially as it relates to hunting, fishing and boating. There will be aisles of products on display and for sale, including some of the most innovative camo gear, by Go Wild Camo, that transforms from layer-to-layer to accommodate different weather conditions and patterns to blend into varying foliage. There will be the big tickets items, such as boats for sale, as well as smaller products for the weekend hunter and fisherman. Some of the more unique featured products and events this year include:
• Tailgate Towbar – No more hauling a trailer for your tailgating or camping needs. With the Towbar, a few easy steps turn the back of your truck into a custom-made keg holder, a grilling station, entertainment center or all of the above at the same time.
• Designed by two NASA engineers, the Cobra Garage Door Storage System allows outdoorsmen/ women to use, until now, wasted space to store fishing rods. With this system, now you can use the back of your garage door to keep your gear from tangling and keep it out of the way when not being used. It’s also great for the storage of garden tools.
• Retriever dog demonstrations and information featuring Southern Way Retrievers.
         As a family-friendly special event, SSFE is promoting its “Free Kids Friday,” where children under the age of 16 get in free on Friday, June 10. Once in the gate, there is fun activities for the younger members of the family, including:
• Hovercraft rides
• A human Foosball game
• Indoor video archery range
• Inflatables
• Casting pond
         In addition, SSFE is offering a full lineup of music as bands entertain on the main outdoor stage. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring a chair and lots of sunscreen as bands will be performing through the entire 3-day event.
         This year, SSFE is partnering with Hurst Middle School Wetland Watchers for a special fundraiser.
         Wetland Watchers is a service-learning project started nearly 20 years ago by Barry Guillot as a means of educating children on the importance of Louisiana’s wetlands. Today, Guillot continues to lead thousands of students on wetland trips and educational fact-finding missions. In addition, he along with local environmentalist Milton Cambre, oversaw the building of Wetland Watchers Park, 28 acres of land donated to Wetland Watchers by the Pontchartrain Levee Board. The park includes a mile of boardwalk nature trails, two outdoor classrooms, a 10-foot marsh overlook, learning pad areas and benches.
         For this year’s Southern Sportsman’s Festival & Expo, a special $20 combo ticket will be sold with some of the proceeds going to Wetland Watchers. The combo ticket includes entrance into SSFE and automatically registers the ticket holder for a raffle where you have the chance to win, among other things:
• Custom fishing rods
• Overnight Inland Fishing Trip
• Dove Hunt for 2 on private land in the River Parishes
• Fishing Charter for 3
• Or hundreds of dollars in gift certificates from a variety of sports stores
         “We couldn’t think of a more appropriate non-profit to partner with this year,” notes expo manager Mike Zalaznik.
         Now overseeing his third Southern Sportsman’s Festival & Expo at the Alario Center in Westwego, Zalaznik said, “The Wetland Watchers program is educating the next generation on the importance of our state’s wetlands and why it’s so vital to restore those lands. Anything we can do to raise awareness of the Wetland Watchers program and help them raise funds, we will do. This combo tickets not only helps with a great cause, but those purchasing a ticket may win an unbelievable prize.”
Friday, June 10
The Fixers
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns (2 sets)
4:40 p.m.– 5:35 p.m.
5:45 p.m.- 6:40 p.m.
At Fault (2 sets)
7:05 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 11
The Other LA
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Paris Avenue
11:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Apollo’s Crows
12:05 p.m. –12:40 p.m.
Traded Moments
1:05 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Todd O’Neill
2:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Bishop Gunn
4:00 p.m. – 4:50- p.m.
New Rebel Family
5:15 p.m. – 6:05 p.m.
Chas Collins
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 12
Anne Jacqueline Wright
11:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Lucky Justice
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Collin Lake
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Flow Tribe
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, June 10      2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 12    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Adults: $10 at the gate
Children Under 16: $5 with adult
Children under the age of 6 – free admission
3-day pass: $15
Military with ID – $5
Wetland Watchers Combo Ticket – entrance into the show and automatic registration for the daily raffle $20
Free-Kids Friday – for those 16 & younger accompanied by an adult
Single Day Pass – Advanced purchase $8
Weekend Pass – Advanced purchase $15
         The Southern Sportsman’s Festival & Expo is brought to you by the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans.
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