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8th Annual SC KY Outdoor Expo exceeds all expectations

People poured into Columbia for what's now recognized as the largest one day show of its king, and mentioned as a 'Mini' National Show
See: 2017 South Central Kentucky Outdoor Expo - Photo Album with photo(s) from Expo

By Terry Partin
News from the South Central KY Outdoor Expo

The South Central Ky Outdoor Expo just concluded its eight annual show here in Columbia this past Saturday at the Adair County School Campus. Now recognized as the largest one day show of its kind anywhere the Expo has continued to expand and broaden its horizon from it's inception back in 2010.

The event brings people from far and near to visit a huge trade show packed with an assortment of outdoor gear and other items of interest to the entire family. Special guests included Keynote speaker Hank Parker a legend in the outdoor world and often referred to as the rod and reel answer to basketball's Michael Jordan in popularity and talent. Outdoor Icon Harold Knight of Knight and Hale Game Calls was on hand visiting with attendees and assisted in Judging the State Championship Duck calling Competition.


Weather for show was flawless

The weather for this past Saturday was flawless and people poured into the Expo in record numbers. Record attendance was the norm for the day as The Ky NWTF State Turkey Calling Championship attracted 75 competitors from seven states. The event has grown in popularity and is now referred to as a Mini National based on the size of the event and the quality callers who travel to Columbia to vie for coveted eligibility for participation at the national level. Current Grand National Senior Division Champion Jesse Martin was on hand Saturday successfully defending his Open and State Championship. Martin from Mt. Sterling Ky is the states first ever National Senior division winner.

Expo hosted the World's top shooters

The Expo hosts the World's top shooters each year at the Beautiful and well equipped Adair County Sportsmans Club. Multiple time world champion Steve Conover and World Champion Barry Jones of Russell Springs and Columbia respectively competed again this year against the best shooters in the world in hopes of qualifying for seats at the World Championship NWTF Still Target Competition this fall.

Duck Calling drew entrants from all over Kentucky

The Ky State Duck calling Competition attracts Callers from all over Ky. The Championship is conducted in cooperation with the Stuttgart Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and is a Sanctioned event which qualifies this years winner Ben Mills of Somerset Ky to compete in the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart in November.

2017 Seminar Series best attended since Expo began

The 2017 Seminar Series at the Expo was the best attended since the Expo began. Seminars featured a study of the fisheries on Green River Lake, Ky's Raptors, Bears, and Striper and Walleye fishing.

Whitetail deer as always were a center of attention at the Expo and the Stephen Tucker Buck from Sumner County Tennessee was the main attraction. The Tucker Buck, expected to reign for years to come is now the biggest Whitetail buck ever taken by a hunter and measured for record book entry. Taken in November of 2016 the free range Whitetail was certified at 312 inches Boone and Crockett and has 47 scorable points.

The Mega bucks display, always an Expo favorite featured six of Kentucky's largest bucks from the 2016 hunting season including the State's number One Typical a 181 7/8" buck taken by 17 year old Jacob Murphy of Russell County and the state's number two non typical from Casey County taken by Buddy Bishop.

Adair County Big Buck Hall of Fame

The Adair County Big Buck Hall of Fame features local hunters every year and was led byTyler Helm's 180 6/8" buck. Ten year old Bode Richard's 2016 buck scoring 148 1/8" was voted crowd favorite. Free deer scoring is another attraction at the Expo each year.

The 2017 event was more than a success it was an indicator that growth is the future for this event that fills hotels and restaurants to capacity as it brings people from all over the Country to Columbia each year.

Planning for 2018 began weeks ago

Planning for the 2018 South Central Ky Outdoor Expo began weeks ago, long before the members of Jones Chapel Church and numerous volunteers from our community began to put away the pipe and drapes and load the tables and chairs until August 4, 2018 when once again the Expo will spring back to life with new vendors, more exciting seminars, State level Competitions and the same message.


This story was posted on 2017-08-08 09:55:45
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