Healthy pre-event ticket sales are indicating there will be a big crowd at the SSAA SHOT Expo at the Melbourne Showgrounds this weekend.
Compared with the previous Melbourne SHOT Expo, ticket sales are well up as the shooting public embraces the new Spring date and promise of another successful show.
“It’s been a fantastic response and has turned the earlier disruption to the event into a huge positive,” said SSAA Victoria CEO Jack Wegman, referring to the new date and organisation of the event changing hands.
“At the end of the day people want a good, professional event and we’re confident that’s what will be delivered at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
“The new date puts us in a time of the year when people are getting out and about and many exhibitors will have, in the metal, products first seen in the US earlier this year which have just arrived.
“Our new organiser, Level Up Events, has taken promotion and professionalism of the event to the next level so we couldn’t be happier.
“Now all we need is great weather to make it the best SHOT Expo hosted in Victoria.”
With the backing of major sponsors Winchester, Swarovski Optic, Polaris and Outdoor Sporting Agencies, SSAA SHOT Expo will again see more than 140 exhibitors fill the main hall.
The Main Stage, situated in the centre of the hall, will host a range of presentations covering gun fitting, customising, cooking, backpack hunting, and getting involved in the shooting sports including handguns.
A panel of deer experts and government representatives will focus on the role recreational hunting plays in deer management with questions invited from the floor.
Come and see us at the SSAA stand where we will be providing information on training and getting into the shooting sports.
“SSAA Victoria has been active in creating training programs designed to encourage more people into the shooting sports,” Mr Wegman said.
“Our Practical Firearms Training Program shows people the correct way to respect and handle firearms and now satisfies the safety course component of a firearms licence application.”
The family Expo also has kids’ entertainment including a jumping castle, face painting and a petting zoo.
The popular Working Gundog Association of Australia demonstrations will also be held twice daily on the main arena.
The doors open at 9am on both days. Tickets are $20 for SSAA members, $25 for non-members and $40 for families of four. Children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Visit the SSAA SHOT Expo website for details.