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Delmarva Sportsmen's Expo Expecting Large Crowds

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SALISBURY, Md. - This weekend, the Delmarva Sportsmen's Expo is aiming to provide the outdoorsman with everything he or she could need in their sport of choice.  The event also hopes to encourage more people to jump into the outdoors lifestyle and culture which would bring more money into the local economy.

Folks from Delmarva say there is no avoiding it.

"Everyone that has been raised on the shore has always been raised with having the outdoors in their life.  As a kid, you always went fishing.  You would go squirrel hunting, rabbit hunting with grandparents, that kind of thing.  You always started with that before you went deer hunting or duck hunting," said business owner Debbie Parker.

The outdoors are very much a part of the Eastern Shore culture and that is clear at the sportsmen's expo.  The event is hosted by the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Company and organizers say vendors will have the latest and greatest for hunters, fisherman and all outdoorsman.

"One thing about fishing, what is new is old and what is old becomes new again, so it is constantly evolving.  There has been some trends that are rather new.  New techniques which always adds to the baseline of the economy," said business owner Ken Reynolds.

And not only providing the established outdoorsmen with everything they need, but opening new eyes to the outdoors culture and lifestyle would keep the businesses rolling along.

"I would say probably a third of my business are people just getting into fishing and they'll say, 'Hey, what works here? What works there?' And I try to direct them in that area," said Reynolds.

"Probably a third of our customers are new either from someone taking a kid hunting or taking a kid fishing, they'll bring their pieces to us," said Parker.

Business owners at the expo say there are always booms and busts with any business, but as long as there are deer to hunt and fish to catch, they believe their doors will remain open.

The Delmarva Sportsmen's Expo runs through Sunday at 4 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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