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WNC Fly Fishing Expo in December

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“We here at WNC Fly Fishing Expo are looking forward to serving you at here in December. A great schedule of speakers and demonstrations is coming together,” says Alan Kirkpatrick the Director of the WNC Fly Fishing Expo. Reba Brinkman has handed off the reins to him after eight years of creating an excellent event for the fly-fishing community. “Big thanks to Reba; I wish her all the best in her new ventures.”

                Kirkpatrick comes to this position with a wealth of experience in professional events management and a passion for fly fishing. He’s looking forward to working with to continue putting on an event which creates value for businesses and continues to strengthen the fly fishing community in Western North Carolina.

                The 2017 Expo will take place on Dec. 1st and 2nd at the WNC Agricultural Center on Friday, December 1st from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm and Sat Dec. 2nd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

“We've added several elements to increase the number of visitors including casting instruction available at all times, a kids activity area, a both dedicated to getting kids started in fly fishing and a beginners resource booth (which will highlight the location of all fly shop and guide services booths)” Kirkpatrick said.

Currently, there are four goals Kirkpatrick has for the 2017 expo.

1.       To increase the value created for exhibitors by the expo.

2.       To improve the quality of the expo experience for exhibitors and paying visitors.

3.       To increase the number of paying visitors at the expo.

4.       To hear any thoughts or ideas attendees may have to help accomplish these goals.

Kirkpatrick says, “If you are a potential vendor for the gigantic North Carolina fly fishing show, now is the time to register your booth. If you have not already done so, please reply and confirm your participation ASAP.”

                Booths at the Expo will again cost $500 minus a $50 discount if you register prior to October 1st. Register by emailing your name, business name and how many booths you want. Kirkpatrick will follow up with payment instructions later. “Please connect with anyone you think might be interested in exhibiting at the expo that has not participated before. I will be adding a limited number of outdoor industry-related exhibitors that fly fishers will be interested in,” said Kirkpatrick.

For more contact Alan Kirkpatrick, WNC Fly Fishing Expo wncflyfishingexpo@gmail.com or by cell phone at (828) 712-7774