Midwest Hunt Fest
If you’re a fan of hunting or outdoor sports, Midwest Hunt Fest is the perfect place to start your season! Returning to Wichita for the sixth year, the premiere expo of its kind in the heartland, Midwest Hunt Fest features outfitters, anglers, guns, knives, taxidermy, calls, archery supplies, camo and apparel and much more!
"Growth has not really been in the size, but more of an evolution," said Jennifer Frye Nielsen of Hunt Fest. "Our hosting knowledge and abilities for an event such as this have grown and bettered exponentially."
Taking place on March 24-26, Midwest Hunt Fest is hosted by people who get it. Brought to you by outdoors sportsmen (and women) from Kansas, Midwest Hunt Fest allows guests to be met with a genuine excitement and interest in outdoor sports rather than exhibitors who are just trying to push their products.
This is the first year that the show has taken place in the spring.
"We have always been a summer show in July or August, but so much of our audience is at the lake or on vacation," Nielsen said. "Back to school usually hits close to our show, so family funds are usually short, so we hope that the move is a positive one for us and our exhibitors."
In addition, Nielsen added that there's more to the show than people may think.
"The name of the show is a bit misleading, although we do have the hunting and fishing theme, the underlying theme and reason behind the show's creation is 'Let's get the kids off the couch and off the video games and phones. Let's get families back together and into nature,"' Nielsen said.
This is one pf her favorite aspects of the show.
"It makes me so happy to see families that come for all three days of the show and when I see how happy they are and that they are truly having a great time, that is a phenomenal reward," Nielsen said.
Hunt Fest Activities
The family-friendly show will feature some of the latest and most innovative outdoor sports products and a variety of exciting events, so kids and even moms can enjoy Midwest Hunt Fest! Be sure to check out the deer shed competition, bass fishing exhibits and fly fishing demonstrations when you visit. The Kansas Bowhunter’s Association will display over 1,400 vintage and modern broadheads and they’ll even be able to help you identify some of your own unusual finds!
Door prizes will be given out all weekend long, and the first 50 people in the door each day will receive a free quail cal!
Midwest Hunt Fest will take place at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center, opening on Fri., March 24 at 1 p.m. and running until 8 p.m. The show reopens on Saturday, running from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $9 for military and seniors, $5 for ages 8-12 and free for kids ages seven and under (with a paid adult). Three-day wristbands are priced at $16 each.
Check out the Midwest Hunt Fest website.