South Georgia Outdoor Expo 2015
South Georgia Outdoor Expo
Join us for the 5th Annual South Georgia Outdoor Expo, which will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Central Square Complex in Douglas, Georgia 200 S. Madison Avenue. Admission: One-Day Pass $5.00, Two-Day Pass $8.00, 12 and Under Free. To kick off the event, a Wild Game Supper will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015.
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Murphy Eye Center
Mossy Creek Game Calls
The Medicine Cabinet
Douglas Lions Club
McRae Coca-Cola Bottling Company United
National Wild Turkey Federation
City of Douglas
EVENTS FOR ALL AGES!!!
CHAOS the Mechanical Bull
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Variety of Food Vendors
Activities for Kids
Wild Game Supper
FLYER - WILD GAME SUPPER
The Wild Game Supper will kickoff the South Georgia Outdoor Expo on Thursday, August 20, 6:30pm, at the C.E. Weir Center. Venison, quail, and wild pork will be cooked up by the experts from Gopher Plantation. The guest speaker for this year will be Douglas' own local Falconer, Dr. Griff Lindsey.
Dr. Griff Lindsey and his red tail hawk, Piper.
Falconry, one of the world's oldest hunting sports, is defined as the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor. No one knows for sure when and where falconry began but, based on pictorial records, it is thought that it originated in either Asia or the Middle East between 4,000 to 6000 years ago. Prior to the invention of firearms in the early 17th century, raptors were used as a method of obtaining food.Today, falconry is the most highly regulated of all hunting sports practiced in the United States. It requires testing, inspections and special permits from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia DNR.
After attending The Highland Games in Stone Mountain Georgia in 2007 and seeing the sport of falconry displayed, Dr. Griff Lindsey knew he wanted to pursue this fascinating and addictive sport. Upon completing all of the necessary requirements and tests, Griff became an apprentice falconer in 2012. After trapping his first red tail hawk- Piper, the process of bonding and training began. Over the past two seasons, Griff and Piper have enjoyed days in the woods hunting squirrels (and sometimes other surprises), attending falconry meets, and through presentations, have educated others about this incredible “sport of kings”.
Dr. Lindsey resides in Douglas with his wife and 3 children where he is a local dentist. The adventure with Piper is time that is enjoyed by the entire family!
Tickets are $15.00 and on sale at the Public Information Office located at 211 South Gaskin Avenue. Event partners: National Wild Turkey Federation and McRae Coca-Cola.
CELEBRITY APPEARANCE - SKIPPER BIVINS OF ANIMAL PLANET'S HILLBILLY HANDFISHIN'
Skipper Bivins, Star of Animal Planet's Hillbilly Handfishin'
Skipper Bivins is the star of the hit show Animal Planet’s Hillbilly Handfishin’. He has been noodling for as long as he can remember. Although he has called Temple, Oklahoma home for the last ten years, this five-time world champion Okie noodler was born and raised in nearby Walters, Oklahoma. Skipper caught his first fish at the age of four after his father taught him the sport of noodling. He’s been hand fishing ever since, and as a third-generation noodler. Skipper passed down his love of the unique sport to his two children, whom he took to the waters when they were as young as 18 months old. The biggest catfish Skipper ever caught was 111 pounds, and at one time, this fish would have broken a world record. Skipper typically noodles two to four days per week. He started his noodling business, Big Fish Adventures about 6 years ago where he has a guided noodling trip business, and since then the business has soared. The main highlights of his job are meeting new people and seeing their reactions to the sport. Skipper lives in southwest Oklahoma with his wife, JoAnn, of 25 years and his children, Heather and Christian, who love the sport as much he does.
Fans can meet and greet Skipper on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 2:00pm-6:00pm.
CELEBRITY APPEARANCE - THE AXMEN'S THE DREADKNOTS
Dave "The Kraken" Stone and Captain Clint Roberts of the Dreadknots Crew
Captain Clint Roberts and Dave "The Kraken" Stone from the Dreadknots of the History Channel's hit TV show, AxMen will be at the Expo on . The reality TV show, is based on logging teams. The Dreadknots, retrieve valuable, 100 yr. old logs from the bottom of rivers and then sell the wood that will be used for high end flooring, furniture and cabinetry. Captain Clint, The Kraken, and their team have been recovering logs in the Withlacoochee River for several years.
Fans can meet and greet Captain Clint and The Kraken on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 11:00am - 4:00pm.
OKEFENOKEE SWAMP AND SOUTH GEORGIA RIVER FISHING - FREE WORKSHOP
Bert Deener, Georgia DNR Fisheries Biologist
A free workshop titled "Okefenokee Swamp and South Georgia River Fishing" will be offered by Georgia DNR Fisheries Biologist, Bert Deener. The workshop will be held on Friday at 6:00pm in the Dogwood Room and on Saturday at 10:00am in the Dogwood Room.
TURKEY CALLING CONTEST SPONSORED BY MOSSY CREEK GAME CALLS
Turkey Calling Contest sponsored by Mossy Creek Game Calls
Think you can call up a big bird?? Don't miss your chance to show off your turkey calling expertise! Mossy Creek Game Calls is sponsoring a Turkey Calling Contest on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
K-9 DEMONSTRATION PRESENTED BY GEORGIA DNR LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
See the Georgia Department of Natural Resources K-9 unit live and in action! The Georgia K-9 program was created in 2000. Throughout the state, there are a total of eight canines and handlers. The program has been successful in apprehending and detecting individuals who violate the laws and regulations that the DNR enforces. The program also educates and informs the public in hopes to build support for conserving our natural, historical, and cultural resources for the citizens of Georgia.
Friday, August 21 - 3:00pm
Saturday, August 22 - 12Noon
"SNAKES ALIVE" PRESENTED BY ROCKY SNAKE MASTER STEVE SCRUGGS
Rocky Snake Master, Steve Scruggs
The City of Douglas presents Steve Scruggs and his Snakes Alive educational seminar! Using live non-venomous and venomous snakes, Snake Master Steve Scruggs educates on safety and identification of snakes. Focus is to teach children what they might see in their backyard and what they should and should not do with snakes. Also, teaches attendees how not to be bitten by a snake. ONE show on Friday, Aug. 21 at 4pm and TWO shows on Saturday, Aug. 22, 11am and 3pm.
Both outdoor and indoor spaces are available ranging from 10X10 to 20X40 in size. Water and electricity are available. All vendors must have an application and hold harmless agreement on file. Some general vendors may be required to provide a certificate of liability insurance naming the City of Douglas as a certificate holder. All food vendors must have an application, hold harmless agreement, Health Dept. food permit and certificate of liability insurance naming the City of Douglas as a certificate holder.
VENDOR MAP/FLOOR PLAN
Vendor/Exhibitor Sign Up Form
Food Vendor Health Permit Information
Vendor/Exhibitor General Information and Rules
Vendor Parking Map
The Medicine Cabinet
Douglas Lions Club
Fred's Leather Shop
I'm Hooked Jewelry
McRae Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Civil Air Patrol
C. Mo's Kids
Air Evac/Air Med Care Network
Family Ties Paracord
Big Buck Sauces
Parker's Pet Palace
Crooked Creek Hunts & Lodging
Daydream Doodles Face Painting
OUTDOOR VENDORS/FOOD VENDORS
Scoop's Hand Dipped Ice Cream
Papa's Old Fashion Kettle Korn
Randa's House BBQ
Contact the City of Douglas Public Information Department at (912) 383-0277 or email
to find out more.
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