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New, bigger sports and outdoor show slated for 2014 return

By - Last modified: April 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

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A bigger and better replacement for the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show will return to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in February, said Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste.

Negotiations are now occurring with a new promoter after a nationwide advertisement yielded 17 interested firms, Haste said Tuesday night at the State of the County Address in Harrisburg. The state Department of Agriculture, which oversees the complex, made a decision this week.

The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show was canceled in January due to an exhibitor boycott. Reed Exhibitions had banned so-called "modern sporting rifles," semi-automatic rifles also called "assault weapons," after the December Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 elementary students and six staff.

Here is a video of Haste addressing the status of the new show, which he promised will have more than an $80 million economic impact on the local economy.

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