If you enjoy all things related to the great outdoors, the Central Oregon Sportsmen Show is the place for you. Held in early March, at the Deschutes County Expo Center in nearby Redmond, there are over 300 companies showcasing their newest and best products and services relating to outdoor activities. It’s a boat and RV show, it’s a cutting-edge equipment and gear trade show, and more. It’s a lot of everything, and there’s something for everyone!
Gear and More at the Central Oregon Sportsmen Show
There are demonstrations and seminars, as well as outdoor equipment for all types of activities, and for all ages and experience levels. This show really encompasses your entire outdoor experience – from how you get there and what you do, to the equipment and gear you use and how you preserve or eat your kill.
Think displays of boats, motors, sonar and sunshades, knives, tools, rifles, scopes, binoculars, sunglasses, bows and rods, fishing lures and handtied flies, hats, boots and belts. Stock up on ammunition, wander past RVs, ATVs, kayaks and canoes, fishing boats, and pontoon party boats. You can find tractors, mountain bikes, and grills of all types and sizes for camping and for your deck back home.
It’s also fishing and hunting charters, adventure tour guides, survival and preppers booths, booths with generators, satellites, pole buildings, and taxidermy services. Trick out your truck, boat, RVs and trailers, or private plane. And there are booths from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Deschutes National Forest, Deschutes River Alliance, US Army Outdoor Team, North American Hunting Competition, Wapiti Nation, and more.
And you won’t go hungry either. While you can hope for handouts from the daily demonstrations of grilling, smoking and preserving, BBQ-ing, and more, just plan a stop at the food court as you wander around. Or, pick up some supplies from the 503 Distilling Inc., Bend Fudge, Camano Island Coffee Roasters, Dan’s Smoked Salmon, Whiskey Flats Gourmet Foods, or Wild Roots Vodka booths.
Other Show Activities
Besides grilling and equipment demonstrations, you can join in a Q&A with a hunting and fishing expert. This past year, hunter and public lands advocate, Randy Newberg was the speaker. And special kids’ activities usually include fishing in the indoor stocked pool and Duck Decoy Painting.
There’s a lot to see at the show, so visit the website for exhibitor and ticket info, times and more. If you have a question about the show, or need help finding a Bend vacation rental for the show weekend, just give us a call!