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2014 Great American Outdoor Show: Producers buy new cruiser for Harrisburg Police Dept for 2015

Published: Dec 18, 2014

Total contributions by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to local community nearing $350,000 in the first year as producer of the Great American Outdoor Show.

Great American Outdoor Show producer buys new cruiser for Harrisburg Police

Total contributions by NRA to local community nearing $350,000 in first year as producer of Great American Outdoor Show at PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.

Tickets on sale now for the 2015 show at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg from Feb. 7-15, 2015.

Harrisburg, PA – The National Rifle Association (NRA), producers of the Great American Outdoor Show (GAOS), today donated $50,000 from the NRA Foundation to purchase a fully equipped police cruiser for the City of Harrisburg Police Department. GAOS representatives were joined by Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste and Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) President & CEO Mary Smith for the special check presentation at Hoffman Ford on Jonestown Road in Harrisburg. No representatives from the City of Harrisburg attended the check presentation.

Police cruiser purchased by NRA in 2014 for City of Harrisburg.

“The people of Central Pennsylvania were very supportive this February when the NRA launched the Great American Outdoor Show,” said NRA General Operations Executive Director Kyle Weaver. “This is our way of thanking the community for welcoming us to the neighborhood.”

According to the HHRVB, as the producer of the 2014 Great American Outdoor Show the NRA has paid the City of Harrisburg approximately $197,000 in City Amusement Tax from ticket sales and for traffic control; and has paid nearly $100,000 for additional police services and police coordination fees.

“Today’s donation is just the latest in a number of significant financial contributions the NRA has made within our region totaling nearly $350,000 in just the first year of the Great American Outdoor Show,” said Smith. “We see the NRA is clearly fulfilling its vision of giving back to this community and we are looking forward to continuing this positive relationship. Together with the NRA we hope to grow the annual event which greatly benefits all of our local stakeholders and tourism Partners.”   

NRA Check Presentation for new police cruiser for City of Harrisburg in 2015.

Pictured Above: (L-R) Mary Smith, President of Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau; Ryan Hoffman, VP & Marketing Director; Jeff Haste, Dauphin County Commissioner; Jeff Poole, Managing Director, Shows & Exhibits at National Rifle Association (NRA); David Black, President & CEO for CREDC & Harrisburg Regional Chamber.

For more information on the Great American Outdoor Show please visit the event Web site at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

SIDEBAR: About the 2015 Great American Outdoor Show


NRA's Great American Outdoor Show brought top-tier manufacturers and retailers to the show along with popular outdoor celebrities, hunting and fishing seminars, an NRA Country Concert and The NRA Foundation's festive fundraising activities. This important donation to the Harrisburg Police Department is part of the NRA's long history of supporting law enforcement, gun safety programs and other activities that promote the outdoor lifestyle through The NRA Foundation.

The Great American Outdoor Show, February 7 – 15, 2015, celebrates the outdoor traditions treasured by millions of Americans and their families in a 650,000 square-foot exhibit space that will feature nearly 1,100 exhibitors, including shooting manufacturers, outfitters, boats, RVs, hunting and fishing retailers, and much more. Event organizers anticipate nearly 200,000 people to enjoy the Great American experience in 2015.


Held at PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA.

Largest consumer sports and outdoor show in the world.

650,000 square-feet of indoor floor space.

Themed exhibitor halls for Archery, Boats, Fishing, Hunting Outfitters, Outdoor Products, RVs, and the Shooting Sports.

More than 1,000 exhibitors.

900,000 NRA members live within 300-mile radius of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


February 7, 2015 (Saturday) --- 9am - 7pm 

February 8, 2015 (Sunday) --- 10am - 5pm 

February 9 - February 13, 2015 (Mon-Fri) --- 10am - 7pm 

February 14, 2015 (Saturday) --- 9am - 7pm

February 15, 2015 (Sunday) --- 10am - 5pm


Adult: $13

Child (6-12): $6

Senior (65 or older): $10

2-Day Pass: $22

Group ticket $10 (10 or more)


2/6: Taxidermy Competition - Compete among 22 categories to determine the most innovative, artistic taxidermy work.

2/7 – 2/12: Archery Tag in the Large Arena.

2/7 – 2/15: LaPorte Archery Arial Archery Shooting - Come try to shoot the flying discs!

2/7 – 2/15: 3D Bowhunter Challenge - Test your accuracy with a bow in 16 classes of skill at the Indoor Archery Range.

2/7 – 2/15: Celebrity seminars and demonstrations on hunting, fishing, cooking,and self/home defense.

2/7 – 2/15: Family Fun Zone - Visit the special area for families and youth with hands-on activities for all ages, including camo face painting, magnetic fishing, barrel racing, orienteering, boat safety, suction cup archery, LaserShot, and more.

2/7 – 2/15: Wall of Guns - Play the odds in the popular NRA Foundation event and try to win your choice from more than 40 firearms or a $400 cash prize.

2/7 – 2/15: Pyramyd AirAir Gun Range - Relax at a multi-lane air gun range stocked with the latest high powered air rifles and air pistols on the market. There’s something for everyone from novices to experts.

2/7 – 2/15: NRA 3 Gun Experience - Experience the fast-growing and ever-popular 3-Gun shooting sport in a recreational format designed to showcase its fun and safe aspects through AirSoft.

2/8 – 2/13: Game Calling Challenge - Who are America's best game callers? Categories for Duck, Elk, Canada Goose, Barred Owl, Turkey, and Predator.

2/12: NRA Foundation Banquet - Celebrate American values at a family friendly night of fundraising with chances to bid on and win unique firearms, merchandise, and hunts.

2/14: NRA Country Presents Lee Brice and Thompson Square - Join a Valentine’s Day jam with chart-topping country music acts Lee Brice and husband and wife duo Thompson Square.


The 2015 Great American Outdoor Show is presented by Outdoor Channel. Associate Sponsors are Cabela’s and Ram Truck. The NRA Foundation Banquet and Wall of Guns event are sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms.


If you would like to be added to our GAOS press release distribution list, please request via and email to NRAGOMedia@nrahq.org. Great American Outdoor Show press releases are located at http://greatamericanoutdoorshow.org/media/press-releases.aspx


The Great American Outdoor Show Press Office is located in room Exhibit B in the Maclay Lobby of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.


If you would like Press Credentials for the Great American Outdoor Show, email NRAGOMedia@nrahq.org with the following information. Credentials can be picked up in the press office starting Friday 2/6 and during regular show hours.

  • Name
  • Title
  • News Organization
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Website


Please email NRAGOMedia@nrahq.org if you would like to schedule an interview with NRA Media Staff before/during/after the Great American Outdoor Show.




Tickets On Sale Friday, December 12th for February 14th Concert

Nashville, TN… (December 10, 2014)…Country Music star Lee Brice and award winning duo Thompson Square are scheduled to perform at the 2015 Great American Outdoor Show. The NRA Country concert will take place on Saturday, February 14th in the Large Arena at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. Tickets are $30 for stadium seating/$35 for floor seating and can be purchased at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org beginning Friday, December 12th.

Celebrating the outdoor traditions treasured by millions of Americans and their families, the Great American Outdoor Show Presented by Outdoor Channel will be held February 7-15, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of attendees will spend nine action-packed days celebrating the hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions treasured by millions of Americans and their families. The show features over 1,000 exhibitors ranging from shooting manufacturers to outfitters to fishing boats and RV’s, and archery to art covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space! Not to mention a jam-packed schedule including fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and much more!

Be sure to get NRA COUNTRY CONNECTED and JOIN the FREE Fan Club at NRACountry.com.  Membership includes access to online concerts, fan club parties, contests, VIP meet & greets, exclusive content from your favorite country artists and other special offers and discounts on great outdoor gear and merchandise!

About NRA Country: Respect. Honor. Freedom. It's a lifestyle and a bond between the best and brightest in country music and hard-working Americans. NRA Country is powered by pride, love of country, respect for the military, and our responsibility to protect our great American lifestyle. NRA Country celebrates these values with concerts and events benefiting military and veteran services organizations, first responders, conservation organizations, firearm safety programs, and local charities making a difference in their communities. Get NRA Country Connected at www.nracountry.com and get the latest artist info and exclusive events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest




Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110