Bass Pro Shops World Fishing Fair Generates $1.5 Million Conservation Donation

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1 month ago by Keith Worrall

Amended April 13, 2022 at 6:51 PM

Guests from 47 states and Canada, several hundred thousand people, gathered in Springfield, Mo., to celebrate fishing in what is being hailed as the greatest event in angling history. , conservation and open spaces

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (April 13, 2022) – Springfield, Missouri, home of the “grandfather of all outdoor stores,” was highlighted as people from across the country came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bass Pro Shops at World’s Fishing Fair. Guests traveled to the Ozarks from 47 states and Canada to witness what is considered the world’s largest fishing show and sale. On Saturday evening, April 2, Johnny Morris presented a $1.5 million donation to benefit conservation at the Hank Williams Jr. concert, representing 100% of all World Fishing Fair ticket sales and concerts for conservation – doubling the initial commitment of 50% of all ticket sales.

“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 donation – which represents 100% of ticket sales from three nights of ‘Concerts for Conservation’ and 100% of admissions to the World Fisheries Fair – is the latest development in Johnny’s long tradition of conservation leadership. Morris and Bass Pro Shops.

“As our long-standing partnership underscores, Toyota and Bass Pro Shops have a shared interest in supporting important environmental and conservation efforts through events such as the World Fishing Fair,” said Pete Carey, Vice Chairman of Toyota Financial Services Group and Chairman of Private Label. “Raising awareness and benefiting from conservation through an event of this magnitude is truly important and impactful in this ongoing effort to protect the great outdoors.”

Austin Dillon spins the crowd and performs donuts outside Grandaddy Bass Pro Shops.

Country star Luke Combs receives a personalized Bass Pro Shops 50th Anniversary BASS TRACKER from famed conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris during concerts for conservation at the World Fishing Fair in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday, March 31, 2022. The boat was signed by all the craftsmen who built it with pride.

The Fair was packed with outdoor enthusiasts from across North America in a celebration of all things fishing, hunting and conservation. Attendees enjoyed a full program of seminars and appearances from top American fishing professionals, NASCAR legends (Richard Childress, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.), Pro Bull Riding executives (Ross Coleman, Sean Gleason, Randy Bernard, Chad Blankenship and Luke Snyder), Dude Perfect, Larry the Cable Guy and some of the major conservation organizations including Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, International Gamefish Association and many more. ‘others.

Among the highlights of the Worlds Fishing Fair were not only a lot of young people and a lot of happy people, but also:

Concerts for conservation

Fans enjoyed three consecutive nights of memorable “Concerts for Conservation,” featuring a lineup of country stars including Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr. During each concert, Morris presented the performers with their very own TRACKER boat signed by the entire Bass Tracker family as a token of appreciation for their individual support of conservation efforts.

An unrivaled collection of fishing knowledge and expertise

Fishing Legends held seminars throughout the event. From left to right: Bill Dance, Johnny Morris, Jimmy Houston, Kevin VanDam, Roland Martin.

The World Fishing Show has honored past fishing legends while celebrating present and future generations of fishing enthusiasts. Sports legends such as Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston, Johnny Morris and Rick Clunn were joined by some of today’s top bass fishing pros including Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Skeet Reese and others.

The World’s Fishing Fair guest experience included a range of fishing seminars from the sport’s top pros and legends, compared by many to attending a $500 fishing school, and offered visitors the opportunity to acquire first-hand fishing knowledge from some of the best to do so. .

Unprecedented selection and price

The World Fishing Fair showcased an incredible assortment of the newest fishing tackle and fishing boats available at incredibly low fair prices. The event featured over 200 exhibits from over 150 manufacturers in the fishing, boating and outdoor categories, and over 500,000 square feet of tackle and equipment at incredibly low prices. . The fair also featured huge sales of discount tents from factory closures and sales of overstock and truckloads of over $10 million worth of equipment for sale.

The first World Fishing Show in 1988 helped put Bass Pro Shops on the map, making it only fitting that the next iteration of the event arrives just in time for the company’s 50th anniversary. The 2022 World Fishing Fair was not only an unprecedented celebration for outdoor enthusiasts, but also an incredible time for the sport of fishing and a precedent for conservation efforts.

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