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Upcoming expos are a great way to learn about all kinds of outdoors activities; check out the latest in equipment and vehicles and see what the future may hold. Two major events are planned in the Valley this month and next.

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Record crowds expected at expos

Outdoor enthusiasts from around the Rim Country, whether they are hunters, anglers, hikers, campers or mountain bikers, are gearing up for two upcoming expos designed to tickle the fancy of all who attend. The events include the International Sportsmen’s Expo to be held Feb. 23 to 26 in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and the Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo set for March 31 and April 1 at the Ben Avery Shooting Range in Phoenix. Both offer an opportunity to experience first-hand the great Arizona outdoors. The International Sportsmen’s Expo has drawn fishing and hunting outfitters from around the state and will have on display the newest in fishing tackle and hunting gear, boats, motors, marine accessories, mountain home furnishings, ATVs, trucks, outdoor apparel and optics. More than 300 companies are expected to exhibit. Also the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Arizona Deer Association, Eastmans’ Trophy Deer and Boy Scouts of America will have information booths and displays set up throughout the entire show.

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