Carlisle Events announced Wednesday that it will offer a new and different event starting next year.
According to a release from Carlisle Events, the company went 10 years without adding more to its schedule in Pennsylvania. This year, however, Carlisle Events already announced the start of Bloomsburg Nationals, and it will add another event to the 2013 schedule – the Carlisle Sports and Outdoor Nationals.
It’s a change for Carlisle Events, which has focused primarily on car shows. This new, non-automotive focused event will take place annually during the first full weekend following Labor Day. Sept. 6-8 will be the dates for the inaugural event in 2013, while the 2014 weekend is slated for Sept. 5-7.
Carlisle Events adds the Carlisle Sports and Outdoor Nationals as a way to tap into an audience deeply entrenched in the outdoors lifestyle, according to the release. Including Carlisle Events’ home state of Pennsylvania and its bordering states of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Ohio, more than 6.7 million people are licensed for either hunting or fishing. Those numbers, combined with the size of the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and the success of events like it in the region, made the addition of this type of an event a no-brainer for Carlisle management, the release said.
“Carlisle Events has been conducting automotive events for nearly 40 years and we’ve been doing our very best to perfect what we do with each event that we host,” said co-owner Lance Miller. “With everything we’ve learned over the years from an event management and planning standpoint, we’ve decided to venture out of our typical realm with this event. Given the strong interest among sports and outdoor enthusiasts, we felt like an event of this type would be a perfect fit. After plenty of due diligence, we found plenty of room in this arena and we’re excited to put a unique ‘Carlisle Events’ spin on the event.” Miller concluded by saying that “we’re excited to provide a venue for people to buy, sell, trade, spend time with their families and enjoy their passion in the same manner than millions of automotive enthusiasts have since 1974.”
Though few aspects of the 2013 weekend are firm to date, it’s anticipated that a family-friendly theme will take center stage. Activities, such as a fishpond and casting for kids, monster truck rides, a hunter’s safety course and a live animal petting zoo are in the works. Also, kids and adults alike will enjoy ATV test rides, a turkey calling contest, archery shoot, a number of seminars and more. A swap meet for new and used hunting and fishing gear as well as a corral for boats, RVs and ATVs are on the radar as event features.
“The Carlisle Sports and Outdoor Nationals are an exciting new show for us at Carlisle,” said newly christened event manager Scott Amig. “This event will be based within a prime location for outdoors enthusiasts and we have a great facility to produce a show we believe will give our customers a truly unique experience. Our footprint at Carlisle gives us the ability to do many things that a majority of local and regional sports and outdoor shows cannot.”
For more information on the show, call 717-243-7855 or visit www.CarlisleSportsOutdoor.com.