Bass Pro Shops World Fishing Fair raises $1.5 million for conservation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Bass Pro Shops announced that the World’s Fishing Fair, which recently celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary in Springfield, raised $1.5 million for conservation.

The six-day event is considered one of the largest fishing-themed events in the world. The World Fishing Fair featured several exhibits, vendors, seminars, concerts, and boat and fishing gear sales.

Bass Pro Shops says guests traveled from 47 different states and Canada to attend the event. Organizers estimate that hundreds of thousands of people traveled to Springfield for the World Fishing Fair.

Ticket sales for the event and its “Concerts for Conservation” programming were part of the donation to conservation.

“I have never felt so proud of our Bass Pro team, suppliers and curator partners,” said Johnny Morris. “Thanks to this collective effort, and with the support of our generous patrons and the City of Springfield, we are able to make this donation which will help other crucial conservation efforts for years to come. The fact that we were able to organize this event and make this donation to help celebrate our 50th anniversary right here in Springfield makes us very proud and very happy! »

The event featured over 200 exhibits from over 150 manufacturers in the fishing, boating and other outdoor industries. Among the participants were:

  • America’s Top Fishing Professionals (Johnny Morris, Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, Kevin VanDam, Roland Martin)
  • NASCAR legends (Richard Childress, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.)
  • Pro Bull Riding Leaders (Ross Coleman, Sean Gleason, Randy Bernard, Chad Blankenship, Luke Snyder)
  • Perfect man
  • larry the cable guy
  • Major conservation organizations including the National Wild Turkey Federation and the International Gamefish Association

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