CAPE FEAR WILDLIFE EXPO PROVIDES A SHOWCASE OF WILDLIFE & NATURE

On March 20-22, the 7th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will welcome outdoor enthusiasts and families to the Wilmington Convention Center for a three-day celebration of wildlife and nature. More than 100 exhibitors with interactive displays, intriguing workshops and educational activities will be on hand to showcase the state’s natural resources, wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreation. With daily tickets priced at $10 and under, the Expo provides a fun and affordable way for people of all ages to engage in nature and wildlife conservation activities.
The 2015 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo features three days of hunting and fishing exhibitors, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, contests, archery demos and fun for the entire family. Special programs and exhibits include: Laser Tag Duck Hunt (N.C. Wildlife), Archery Alley (N.C. Bowhunters), BB Gun Range (Pender County Longbeards), art classes offered by Hyde County wildlife artist Joan Sears, and the opportunity to see live wolves, a bobcat and a nutria rodent. On Saturday, the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation’s Annual Low Country Seafood and BBQ Banquet will serve up seafood and barbeque dishes. The banquet will be held at the Coastline Conference & Event Center (additional cost for banquet; tickets: 910-795-0292).

New to the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo this year is the WOW Whitetails exhibition—a stunning collection of 16 of the largest deer to roam the planet. Attendees who stop by to view the World’s Outstanding Whitetails [WOW] will find the first whitetail to score over 500 the X-Factor, the world-famous Hole in the Horn, Kansas King, and Amish Buck, among others. Organizers describe the WOW Whitetails display as “total shock and awe.”

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is committed to encourage youth to enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related sports and events. Interactive stations will provide youth with hands-on experience in archery, saltwater fly fishing, duck calls, and forestry practices.

Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the coastal towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are ideal for fishing, boating, camping and outdoor recreation. Want to go? The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will be held March 20-22 in Wilmington’s historic river district at the Wilmington Convention Center (515 Nutt Street). Expo hours on Friday & Saturday are from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission charge is $10. Senior citizen (age 65+) and Active Military admission is $7. Children 10 years old and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult. Three-day passes are available for $20. Additional cost for the Wildlife Banquet (tickets: 910-795-0292). Pay parking is available at nearby garages. For more details, visit www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com or call 910-795-0292.

Go with the flow and see where the water takes you. Wilmington, NC’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach is a convenient drive along I-40, US 74, US 17 and NC 421. To request a free Official Visitors Guide, email visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com or call 1-866-266-9690. For seasonal specials and events in Wilmington and the island beaches, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/season/2015-spring-highlights/. For a complete event calendar or to request a free Official Visitors Guide, please visitwww.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com.

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