the winter blues by making plans for a weekend filled with country
music by Tracy Lawrence and Lorrie Morgan, hunting tips from the
experts, shopping for latest guns, gear and hunts, and checking out the
Grand National Turkey Calling Championships. All this fun is under one
roof at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual Convention and
Sport Show, Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2008, at the Georgia World Congress
Center in Atlanta.
Meet your friends at the Welcome Party on Thursday night, Feb. 21.
Sponsored by the Outdoor Channel and BASF, this party kicks the weekend
off with a welcome message from Gov. Sonny Perdue followed up with some
rock-tinged, honky tonk music by CMA winner Tracy Lawrence. Daryle
Singletary will also drop in for a few songs and funnyman and Grand Ole
Opry member Mike Snider will tickle your ribs with his special brand of
banjo music and comedy.
At the Federal Breakfast on Friday morning, hear from keynote
speaker Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president and Miss Georgia
2007, Leah Massee, will sing the National Anthem. Then watch the NWTF’s
top volunteers receive the recognition they deserve. That night get
ready for the mother of all parties…the Grand National Celebrity
Auction & Dinner. Bust out your checkbook because you won’t be able
to resist the limited-edition artwork, special firearms, vehicles, and
awesome hunting and fishing trips.
Saturday’s Winchester sponsored breakfast is a time to pay our
respects to the men and women who have so bravely fought for this
country’s freedoms, including a special recognition of Purple Heart
medal recipients. Also hear from Major General Gale S. Pollock, and if
you’re one of those courageous servicemen and women, then step up to
the plate, shake the hand of a military hero and receive a pin that
shows our appreciation for your commitment and sacrifice.
The awards banquet on Saturday night, sponsored by Chevrolet,
Georgia Forestry Commission and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, is
when the best of the best are recognized for their dedication to the
NWTF mission. Then hear Chuck Leavell, from the greatest rock band on
earth – the ROLLING STONES, inspire us with his message of
conservation. Rumor has it he’ll even play a song or two! Later, you’re
in for a treat because Grand Ole Opry member, Lorrie Morgan, will be
performing her biggest hits.
Sunday breakfast, sponsored by Remington, is all about reaching out
to youth and people with disabilities and introducing them to our
outdoor traditions. After that, members of the Clark Atlanta University
Philharmonic Society will stir your soul during the worship service.
Save time in between all these festivities and don’t forget to bring the family because there’s lots more to do including:
Shopping for the latest hunting gear at over 545 booths,
Checking out the best callers in the world at the Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National calling and owl hooting championships,
Live and silent auctions throughout the weekend featuring
incredible hunting and fishing trips, trucks, boats, furs, NWTF
exclusive guns, knives, art, jewelry and much more,
Hunting seminars by experts you see on TV,
White-tailed deer and wild turkey taxidermy displays,
Custom callmaking competitions,
Bass Pro Shops King of Bucks Collection,
Celebrity Autograph signing sessions, and
Fun, hands on activities for the kids.
Register now to make sure you reserve the best seats at the shows
and get your hotel room locked in. The Omni Hotel at CNN Center has
already sold out. Don’t wait another minute to call the Hyatt Regency
Atlanta to make your reservations now.
American Forest and Paper Association, Arkansas Game and Fish, Atlanta
Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bank of America, BASF, Bass Pro Shops,
Browning, Call Makers and Collectors Association of America, Chevrolet,
Federal Premium Ammunition, Forester Stewardship Program, Foxy
Huntress, Georgia Department of National Resources Wildlife Division,
Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Pacific, Knight Rifles, Leupold
& Stevens, The Lodge at Cabin Bluff, Marlin Firearm/H&R 1871
LLC, Mathews Bows, Miller Brewing Company, Motorola, National Band and
Tag, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., Outdoor Channel, The Outdoor
Connection, Inc., Realtree, Remington Arms Company, Inc., Southern
Company, T.I. Industry Frame Molding/Jim Stemper, USDA Forest Service.
U.S. Sportsmen¹s Alliance, Weatherby, Weyerhaeuser, Wild Turkey
Bourbon, Winchester Olin