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St. Robert Outdoor Sportmans' Show set to continue until 6 pm today
St. Robert Outdoor Sportmans' Show set to continue until 6 pm today

Tom Murphy of Basswishes displays his wares at the St. Robert Outdoor Sportsman's Show.
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (March 13, 2010) — Like the outdoors? Want to go to a hunting, fishing, camping, and other retail show?

If so, the inaugural St. Robert Outdoor Sportsman’s show is still open until 6 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center on Old Route 66.

Event coordinator Ashley Sielke said attendance so far has been more than 400 people — far more than she expected for a first-year event.

“In Pulaski County, we have a lot of hunting and fishing and outdoors-type people,” Sielke said. “We just want people to get out and fish and hunt and camp and have a good time in the outdoors.”

Sielke said when the doors opened at 10 a.m., there were already people waiting and ready to enter. Within half an hour, the show was filled with people.

St. Robert Alderman Gene Newkirk said he’s happy to see so many people in the show.

“We’ve had much more turnout than we expected our first year,” Newkirk said. “Even the vendors are making lots of sales ... we opened at 10 a.m. and this place was packed.”

Among the vendors present was Tom Murphy, a Richland alderman and owner of Basswishes, a high-end fishing supply dealer who sells the types of tackle used for professional fishing tournaments.

“It’s been a great day,” Murphy said. “It’s very well organized; I came on in and everything was right where I needed it.”

Newkirk and some other St. Robert city officials said that based on the reception this year for the event, they expect they’ll try to extend it next year to two days.

This year, there’s no charge to participate in the event, either as a vendor or as a visitor.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau staff member Karen Hood said she’s glad to be able to participate and educate local residents on what Pulaski County offers.

“We are the Tourism Bureau so we promote every aspect of Pulaski County, and of course, it’s a given that we’re going to be here,” Hood said. “We have a lot of people who come to Fort Leonard Wood and they need to know what there is to do while they are here.”

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