Everyday Hunter wrote:kellory wrote:THE GUN SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED!
... Anyone have any ideas as to who could step forward to fill that role? Caugh*D&DH.COM*caugh
Anyone at all?
First off, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg was never a "gun show." It has been more like the old trappers' rendezvous where everyone came out of the mountains for a celebration, good times, friendly competitions, trading, and food. Guns have been included, but not so much the buying and selling of them as in a gun show, and they haven't been the main aspect of the show.
Second, it's not a bad idea for a good organization that knows and supports hunters to start a show of this size, but any organization that decides to get into the show business can't act quickly to make a decision. It's not unprecedented that a magazine take over an outdoor show. Field & Stream bought the Midwestern series of deer & turkey expos, but that was a case of an up and running show series that was simply bought. The promoter continued in transition.
In replacing the ESOS anyone, including D&DH, would actually be starting from scratch. It's way more than management. Reed Exhibitions has all the vendor contact info, contractual arrangements with the host site, and lots of history running very large consumer shows. No one could just step in and "manage." Besides, D&DH is part of Krause/F&W. It might be a good idea to extend the brand this way, but lots of corporate discussions would have to take place before making a decision to do that.
But, it would be nice of a good magazine would hold a large national show or two -- maybe one in the east and one in the west.
For now, the future of the ESOS, or whatever replaces it, is uncertain.
well, it may not be a gun show, but it is being billed as one, and ALL of it's current problems are due the the exclusion of one type of gun. I know it would be a stretch, but it could be announced that those who did want to participate, at the same planned venue, under new management contact you. And the main purpose of my comment was, ...it got you thinking about the possibilities didn't it? It could be done, with patience and volunteers, and good will, it could be done.