Largest hunting event and sale returns to Memphis, headlined by free concert with country music stars Chris Janson and Lucas Hoge
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – FLOCKTOBERFEST, the world’s greatest hunting expo and sale, is returning to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in downtown Memphis starting Friday, October 5. Thousands are expected to attend the 10-day celebration, headlined by a free concert from country music star Chris Janson and special guest Lucas Hoge on Friday, October 12.
Starting Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 14, FLOCKTOBERFEST provides guests access to dozens of free seminars and demonstrations by the top names in hunting and waterfowling, special exhibits, celebrity appearances and a variety of activities for all ages and skill levels. Key events include the fourth annual Big Cypress National Duck Calling Championship featuring competitors from across the country; special appearances by Justin Martin from Duck Commander; the Super Retriever Series dog jumping competition and Major League Eating’s World MoonPie-Eating Championship. The festival atmosphere also offers local food, drinks and entertainment.
“FLOCKTOBERFEST has come to signify the return of fall and, in its fourth year, is becoming a cherished Memphis tradition,” said David Hagel, general manager of Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. “It’s with great pride that we welcome families and outdoor enthusiasts back to the Pyramid for this one-of-a-kind event that brings families together and inspires everyone to enjoy time spent in the great outdoors.”
On Friday, October 12, Nashville recording artist Chris Janson hits the stage for a free concert open to the public. Janson, a rising star in country music with popular hits Buy Me a Boat and Fix a Drink, is the youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. He’ll be joined by popular country music singer/songwriter Lucas Hoge, opening the show at 6 p.m. CST.
Waterfowl and hunting events
FLOCKTOBERFEST provides insights on hunting, waterfowl and outdoor activities from some of the biggest names in the industry. Key activities include:
- The biggest sale of waterfowl and hunting gear with great deals on the latest name-brand hunting and waterfowl gear: October 5-14
- Ducks Unlimited Regional and Big Cypress Lodge National Duck Calling Championship with expert callers from across the country competing for the largest prize pool ever offered: October 13
- Premium seminars, classes and demonstrations featuring outdoors celebrities, pro hunters and world-renowned wildlife experts: October 13-14
Fun for everyone
Special activities for the whole family are planned Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14. Highlights include:
- Major League Eating Moon Pie Championship – Some of the world’s best competitive eaters strive to beat Matt Stonie’s record of 85 Moon Pies: October 13
- Shoot Like a Girl – Instructor-led demonstrations and hands-on experience shooting pistols, rifles and bows: October 13-14
- Special appearance by Duck Commander’s Justin Martin: October 13
- Super Retriever Series – Watch the top sporting dogs in the world compete in pool diving competitions: October 13-14
- Kids Outdoor Day with free activities and events including a catch-and-release pond, BB gun range and archery range: October 14
For a full schedule of events and times, visit www.basspro.com/flocktoberfest.
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. The Center educates guests on the variety of waterfowl species, offers access to waterfowl experts and an exhaustive look at the largest collection of waterfowl decoys alongside 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.
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.
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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 North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. 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 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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