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Outdoor show expected to generate more than $44M in economic impact

The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show is expected to
generate at least $44 million in economic impact for the Dauphin County
area, said Sharon Altland, director of sales at the Hershey Harrisburg Regional
Visitors Bureau.

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The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show is expected to
generate at least $44 million in economic impact for the Dauphin County
area, said Sharon Altland, director of sales at the Hershey Harrisburg Regional
Visitors Bureau
. The nine-day event opens tomorrow at the Pennsylvania Farm
Show Complex and Expo
Center
.

The show is likely the largest outdoor hunting and fishing
event in North America, said Patrick Kerwin, executive director of the Farm
Show Complex and Expo
Center. It also is the
second largest show hosted at the complex each year, with the Farm Show being
the largest, he said. This year’s Farm Show event drew nearly 500,000 visitors,
he said.

More than 1,200 exhibitors will be at the Eastern Sports
& Outdoor Show this year and at least 200,000 people are expected to attend
the event, Altland said.

“The tens of thousands of visitors who come to this show and
spend money in this area on the way in and on the way out … come from all over
the East Coast,” Kerwin said. “I don’t think most people understand the large
economic impact (of this show). It’s way beyond the hotels.”

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