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South Dakota Outdoor Expo Perfect for All Age Groups

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South Dakota Outdoor Expo Perfect for All Age Groups 
PIERRE, S.D. This weekend, June 13-14, Huron will host the second annual South Dakota Outdoor Expo at the State Fair Grounds. The Outdoor Expo is the first Great Event to take place in 2009 as part of the Office of Tourism’s Great Events Campaign.
“The Outdoor Expo is a free event that brings families and friends together to experience one of our state’s greatest asset - the outdoors,” said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. “This event is perfect for any age group and gives everyone the chance to see all that South Dakota has to offer.”
The expo offers more than 100 hands-on activities. Everything from kayaking to shotgun shooting, panning for gold, dutch-oven cooking, fishing demonstrations, geocaching, trapping, hunting dog demonstrations, archery and much more. These interactive experiences and hands-on activities teach an understanding and appreciation for conservation and outdoor recreation, along with its importance in preserving the outdoor recreational heritage.
The event is free and pre-registration is not required to participate in any of the events. The expo runs Saturday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
“We are hoping to see a 25 percent increase in attendance from last year,” said Candi Hettinger, marketing and event coordinator for the State Fair Grounds. “We will be pleased with whatever the attendance number is as long as we fulfill the mission of the event in passing on outdoor skills to the next generation while revitalizing the outdoor spirit in the current generations.”
Camping is available at the State Fair Grounds. Sites are $20 a night for full hook-ups and $17 a night for just electricity. No reservations are necessary.
For additional information, please contact Candi Hettinger at 605-353-7340 or visit  
The South Dakota Outdoor Expo is part of the Office of Tourism’s 2009 Great Events Campaign, which is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota.