The 2015 Great American Outdoor Show—sponsored by the National Rifle Association and taking place Feb. 7–15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Penn.—will debut interactive events and competitions in addition to its 1,000-plus hunting, fishing and outdoor sports exhibitors.

Among the newest features is the Family Fun Zone, a kid-friendly area that will be open every day with camouflage painting, magnetic fishing, barrel racing and more.

“This year’s events are a great opportunity for the entire family to test their outdoor sports skills in a fun environment,” says Jeff Poole, NRA shows & exhibits managing director. “Between the show’s events, seminars, the NRA Foundation Banquet and the NRA Country Concert with Lee Brice and Thompson Square, there’s so much to do at the Great American Outdoor Show.”

Other events taking place include game calling contests and a 3-D Bowhunter Challenge. There will be more than 200 seminars and demonstrations hosted by some of the country’s top experts on hunting, fishing and more.

To purchase tickets to the event, visit greatamericanoutdoorshow.org. 

Set along the Massachusetts coast on the Lower Cape of Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club offers a dazzling variety of amenities and attractions for groups. For starters, the 429-acre property has two distinctive sides: The upscale Mansion, originally built in 1912, offers 121 premium guest units, ranging in size and style from a 480-square-foot guest room to multilevel two- and three-bedroom villas. Meanwhile, The Villages Villas, with 216 guest rooms, including 1,400-square-foot villas, puts guests in the heart of the sprawling property.

 

Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.

 

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.