Tickets on sale now for Bass Pro Shops World’s Fishing Fair

Tents are being pitched as tickets go on sale for the Bass Pro Shops World Fishing Fair.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bass Pro Shops, the World’s Fishing Fair will feature live music, fishing seminars, bargains and opportunities to meet fishing professionals and more from March 30-April 3 in Springfield.

Lee Beasley, the market’s senior managing director, said this year’s fair has been in the planning stages for some time, but it’s amazing to see its return since it was held in 1988.

“It’s fun to explain the big party we’re planning,” Beasley said. “It’s going to be, I would say, one of the biggest parties.”

The tents will house 200 exhibitors and 150 manufacturers for all things outdoor, Beasley said. With approximately $250,000 in prizes being raffled throughout the fair, there is plenty to do and see during the five-day fair.

“We’re going to have so many different people from all facets of the outdoors,” Beasley said.

A silver lining brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has seen so many people venture outdoors and take up new hobbies, Beasley added.

Tents are being set up.  The parking lot of the Bass Pro Shops in preparation for the World Fishing Fair from March 30 to April 3.

“We’ve had families come to us and say, ‘I want to take my kids fishing. I want to take them hunting. I want to take them camping. And I’ve never done that before.’ Beasley talked about the World Fishing Fair offering insight into different outdoor activities.

Half of the proceeds from the World Fishing Fair will be donated to support local conservation. Beasley couldn’t name them all, but, according to News-Leader records, Bass Pro is a donor to organizations including Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Safari Club International Foundation, the International Game Fish Association. and others.

Tickets on sale now

One-day general admission tickets are $8 for ages 9-15 and $20 for ages 16 and up. Two-day passes are $10 for ages 9-15 and $25 for ages 16 and up. Three-day passes are $12 for ages 9-15 and $30 for ages 16 and older. Children 8 and under are free.

Tents are being set up.  The parking lot of the Bass Pro Shops in preparation for the World Fishing Fair from March 30 to April 3.

Tickets can be purchased online at basspro.com/fishingfairand Bass Pro encourages people to buy ahead to ensure availability.

Luke Combs, Luke Bryant, Hank Williams Jr. head to John Q. Hammons Arena

Concert tickets to see musicians like Luke Combs, Luke Bryant, Hank Williams Jr. and more are also on sale. You must buy a ticket for the World Fishing Fair in order to get a concert ticket.

Hank Williams Jr. records a segment for a Dolly Parton Telethon on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Nashville, Tennessee.  Williams is scheduled to perform in Springfield on April 2.

A look at who’s playing:

  • Luke Combs performs at 8 p.m. on March 31
  • Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, John Anderson, Lindsay Ell perform from 8 p.m. on April 1
  • Hank Williams Jr. performs at 8 p.m. on April 2

Tickets start at $95. Order them online at https://wff.bassproticketing.com/

Sara Karnes is an outdoor reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Follow his adventures on Twitter and instagram @Sara_Karnes. Do you have a story to tell? Email him at [email protected]

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