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Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid to host FLOCKTOBERFEST event for families and outdoors enthusiasts

Largest hunting event and sale returns to Memphis Oct. 6-8 and 13-15 with free entertainment, outdoors celebrities and more

Bass Pro Shops today announced FLOCKTOBERFEST, the world’s greatest hunting expo and sale, is returning to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid over the next two weekends on Oct. 6-8 and 13-15. Thousands are expected to attend the celebration, which includes free seminars and demonstrations by top names from the world of hunting and waterfowling, exhibits, celebrity appearances and activities for everyone from experts to beginners.

Key events include the Big Cypress National Duck Calling Championship featuring competitors from across the country; special appearances by Justin Martin and John Godwin from Duck Commander; off-road UTV dirt-track demonstrations; the Super Retriever Series dog jumping competition and Major League Eating’s World Moonpie-Eating Championship among others. The festival atmosphere will also offer local food, drinks and entertainment.

“We’re very excited to welcome families and outdoor enthusiasts back to FLOCKTOBERFEST this fall,” said David Hagel, general manager of Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. “This unique, one-of-a-kind event grows larger every year and we invite everyone to join us and celebrate fall as we inspire families to spend more time together enjoying the outdoors.”

Waterfowl and hunting events

Autumn is a favorite time of year for many people, particularly those who enjoy hunting and waterfowling sports. The first weekend of FLOCKTOBERFEST, October 6-8, provides insights on hunting and general outdoor activities while the second, October 13-15, focuses on waterfowl.

Key activities include:

- Premium seminars, classes and demonstrations featuring outdoors celebrities, pro hunters and world-renowned wildlife experts: Oct. 13–15.
- Ducks Unlimited Regional and Big Cypress National Duck Calling Championship with expert callers from across the country competing for the largest prize pool ever offered on Saturday, Oct. 14.
- The biggest sale of waterfowl and hunting gear with great deals on the latest name-brand hunting and waterfowl gear Oct. 6-15.

Fun for everyone

Special activities are planned throughout the two-weekend expo with major events taking place every Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include:

- The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Truck Jumping & UTV Dirt Track Demonstration — on the Bass Pro Shops parking lot Oct. 7-8.
- Special appearance by Duck Commander’s Justin Martin and John Godwin – Oct. 7, 2-4 p.m.
- Tailgate Zone and free family activities – fun family games, Coca-Cola beverage sampling, Mick Scully “Mr. Steak” food sampling and food trucks available Oct. 14.
- Super Retriever Series – Watch the top sporting dogs in the world compete in a pool diving competition on Oct. 14-15.
- Major League Eating Moon Pie Competition – Watch some of the best competitive eaters in the world take on an entirely new challenge: Moon Pies. Oct. 14. Matt Stonie, last year’s winner, returns to defend his title and attempt to set a new world record.
- Kids Outdoor Day with free activities and events including a catch-and-release pond, BB gun range and archery range on Oct. 15. Kids can build a Primos® duck call and learn fishing tips with former professional football player and Bass Pro Shops/NITRO® pro team member Kendall Newson.

The nation’s waterfowl capital

Located in downtown Memphis, Tennessee along the Mississippi River and famous Mississippi Flyway, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid offers the largest assortment of waterfowl and related hunting equipment ever assembled alongside a wide selection of other high-quality outdoor gear.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is also home to the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, a free wetlands education museum showcasing the history of waterfowling and wetlands conservation. Created in partnership with Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, the Center allows visitors to learn more about the incredible wildlife found along the Mississippi Flyway and the importance of conserving wetlands. Guests can enter a duck blind and try their hand at duck hunting in a fun, interactive 4D simulation experience, learn to identify different waterfowl species, chat with experts and marvel at the craftsmanship of the largest collection of waterfowl decoys along with taxidermy, calls and sporting art.

Schedule and additional details

All activities will take place at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Due to outdoor activities, parking directly outside the Pyramid will be limited on certain days. Additional details including a confirmed schedule of events, participating sponsors and more can be found online at www.basspro.com/flocktoberfest. More information will be added as it becomes available.

FLOCKTOBERFEST attendees can enjoy the event from Big Cypress Lodge. This 103-room wilderness hotel inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is the first hotel inside any Bass Pro Shops location. The rustic-elegant and well-appointed guest cabins and suites capture the spirit of the great outdoors including special treehouse suites and cabins featuring interior and exterior views. Make your reservation today at www.big-cypress.com.

Make your plans now to visit the great state of Tennessee this fall. Log on to www.tnvacation.com/guide to get started today.

About Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
Envisioned by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, known as the Walt Disney of retail, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is a dynamic, immersive adventure experience located inside a massive transformed sports arena and the most unique retail location in the world. In addition to a vast assortment of outdoor gear including the greatest selection of waterfowl equipment anywhere, the Pyramid includes Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill, an “underwater” bowling alley and restaurant, a wilderness hotel called Big Cypress Lodge, nearly 600,000 gallons of water features, a cypress swamp with 100-foot-tall trees, the interactive Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, and The Lookout, a breathtaking glass-floored cantilevering observation deck at the top of the 32-story steel structure that offers one-of-a-kind views of downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to the store is free. Select attractions require a fee. Visitors can see this one-of-a-kind retail experience inside the iconic Memphis Pyramid located at 1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, Tennessee.

About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today more than 100 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

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