With the long work week about to faid off into the horizon it is time to look for some exciting weekend plans. Whether you are looking for something to do for yourself, wanting to get the kids out of the house, or just going out with the guys, the Florida State Fairgrounds is hosting quite an event. Starting today, Friday Feb. 29th, and running through Sunday, the Florida State Fairgrounds will be hosting the Tampa Tribune Outdoor Expo and Boat Show. This event is coined Florida's largest outdoor expo of the year. This year marks the 17th year of the expo and it is expected to be one of the best years for the event. The event is hosted by longtime Florida Sportsman editor and Tampa Tribune outdoors editor Frank Sargeant.
The event is also known as the "Frank Sargeant Show", being that he is the host of the event. The Expo has 140,000 sq. feet of space that will be transformed into an outdoorsman's dream. The Expo will have over 150 vendors which will be showing/selling anything from outdoors sportswear, up and coming clothes lines, outdoor gear, fishing gear, hunting gear, outdoor paintings, cooking equipment, and anything else outdoors you could imagine. Along with these vendors will be many boat reps. from local marinas showing off their new 2009 line of boats.
Besides the boats and vendors the Outdoor Expo also reaches out to the family. The Fairgrounds has many small ponds and they use these ponds as a fishing derby for the youngsters. Last year a 5lb bass and 8 lb catfish were caught during these fishing derbys. Along with fishing derbys there will also be many professional fisherman there giving seminars loaded with helpful hints.
With a vast aray of things to do, the Outdoor Expo is the place to be this weekend. Whether you are an avid outdoors man or just someone looking to get out of the house this weekend, this is the place to be. Gates opened today,Friday the 29th, at 1 pm. and entrance is free today. Saturday's hours are from 10 am to 7 pm with an $8 entrance fee and Sunday's hours are 11 am to 5 pm with an $8 entrance fee. Children 12 and under are free every day of the event. So if you have any free time stop by the Florida State Fairgrounds and enjoy a fun day of outdoor entertainment.