Louisiana Sportsman Show starts Thursday

40th event to be held March 14-17 at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

The 40th Annual Louisiana Sportsman Show and Festival, Louisiana’s largest outdoor and boat show, will be held March 14-17 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

The show features acres of boats, fishing and hunting equipment, ATVs, tractors and outdoor power equipment, plus activities for the entire family.

More than 250 vendors will be at the show, offering acre upon acre of fishing tackle and hunting gear.

But there really are three shows — the main show, a boat show, and a tractor and power equipment show — held on the same grounds over the four-day run starting Thursday, March 14.

And all three are included in a single admission fee of just $12 dollars per day.

Show hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday and  Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The main Louisiana Sportsman Show includes a variety of family-oriented events:

  • The QDMA Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest, sponsored by Bowie Outfitters, will display of some of the largest bucks killed this season in Mississippi, Louisiana and across the country. Assorted trophies and prizes will be awarded to the winners in each category.
  • The Abu Garcia interactive casting booth will feature casting competitions Saturday and Sunday, with prizes presented to winners of the adult and kids divisions. And if you need to hone your casting skills, experts will be on hand to help out.
  • Splash Dogs, where participants can enter their dogs in retriever competitions.
  • Scout Day is Thursday (March 14), with all uniformed Scouts and leaders getting into the show free.
  • A Kids Area, with free admission to the show for kids on Sunday.
  • Fetch & Fish, featuring a huge fish tank in which regular fishing seminars and retriever demonstrations will be conducted.
  • The Sportsman Zone brought to you by Bowie Outfitters, which houses everything fishing and more. Bowie’s has bought truckloads of product just for this event, and huge discounts will be offered on many items.
  • Fishing and hunting outfitters from across the world for the adventure vacation of a lifetime!
  • A full food court

In addition to the Louisiana Sportsman Show, the Louisiana Sportsman Boat Show is the place to be if you’re even thinking about buying a boat.

This huge boat show, sponsored by Neighbors Federal Credit Union, will again provide one-stop shopping with special show pricing from all major brands of bass, bay and pontoon boats. Plus, loan officers will be on site for special financing offers.

And do you happen to be in the market for a new piece of power equipment? That’s no problem, since the expanded Louisiana Sportsman power equipment area will feature products by Kubota, John Deere, Toro, Stihl, Husqvarna, Mahindra and many other brands, ATVs, UTVs, golf carts and other forms of power equipment. Again, special show-only pricing will be offered.

For more details and a schedule of events, visit LouisianaSportsmanShow.com.