‘I think people are stressed out about the economy and just want to go out and shoot
So said Lee Lightsey of Outwest Farms in Okeechobee, Fla., who pretty much summed
up the sentiments at this year’s Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, one of the biggest
— and best — hunting and fishing expos in the U.S.
If there’s a sharp downturn in the U.S. economy, it wasn’t evident here when the show
opened (it ran Feb. 7-15). Traffic was backed up and long lines snaked around the
25-acre, eight-building State Farm Show Complex. According to show organizer Ed Several
of Reed Exhibitions, advance ticket sales were about equal to last year, while they
were down 4% at his PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.