It sounds simple, but those two words really mean a lot when it comes to the 2022 Louisiana Sportsman Show and Festival held Father’s Day weekend at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Vendors and visitors came from across Louisiana and other states to see the show, which was sponsored by Shell. It was a great way to get things cranked back up for the lovers of the Louisiana outdoors following a couple of tough years. And while things aren’t back to normal yet, the work put in by vendors and exhibitors, and the interest from attendees, made it special.
“I thank God that we were able to have a show in 2022 and that it was so successful. Thank you all,” said Lisa Cuccia, President of Louisiana Publishing, which includes the Louisiana Sportsman magazine. “We wanted to give the vendors and sponsors a chance to recoup some of what was lost when we had to shut down in 2020 and then we had to miss 2021 due to Covid. I think we accomplished that.”
Cuccia said she received wonderful feedback from vendors and the thousands of people that came to the show.
“We appreciate each and every one of you,” she said. “We look forward to seeing you in the spring.”
Next year’s show will take place on March 17-19. It’s never too early to mark your calendar and plan on being there.
“Everyone has been affected by the pandemic, whether it’s inventory shortages or staffing issues and more,” Cuccia said. “We were really pleased with the amount of boats, ATVs and RVs we were able to have at the show despite those issues.”
While the Louisiana Sportsman Show and Festival was a success, Cuccia said she is excited to welcome vendors and attendees back for the show’s regular spring dates.
“People are really getting pumped up about the coming fishing season and it will also be a lot cooler for attendees and vendors alike,” she said.
Besides the great vendors, displays and booths, the 2022 show also featured live music, which was a big hit. Feature performers were Adam Pearce and Dominick Michael. As usual, the fantastic Fetch-N-Fish presentations captured the attention, laughter and applause of young and old alike. Jason Reynolds and his high-flying dogs put on a show at the 41-foot long tank.