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Outdoor sports expo planned for weekend

The North Little Rock Outdoor Sports and Recreation Expo is scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The event is being sponsored by the North Little Rock Rotary Club, according to Club spokesman Roger Marlin.

“I’m excited about a great fall activity the Rotary Club is bring to North Little Rock Riverside Park,” Marlin said.

The show will stretch along the north side of the Arkansas River from the Main Street to Broadway bridges.

It will feature all manner of equipment for outdoor activities including all types of recreational vehicles boats, all terrain vehicles, motorcycles and outdoor sports equipment, Marlin said. Also featured will be displays by vendors servicing and supporting these sports activities.

“We’re not forgetting attendees’ kids or their stomachs either,” added Marlin, the North Little Rock Rotary Club president. “There will be food and drink vendors and plenty of exciting activities for the kids to do while their parents browse the displays of new and used equipment.”

The Expo on the first weekend of fall emphasizes the advantages that Arkansas offers with great weather for many outdoor activities.

“Fall is a perfect time for lakeside camping, boating, ATV and motorcycle riding,” he said. “The coming hunting seasons bring may requirements for all types of outdoor equipment that will be available at the Expo.”

The Expo will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The main entrance will be off of Riverside Drive behind Dickey Stephens Park.

“The North Little Rock Outdoor and Recreation Expo promises to be a major fall event for the Little Rock metro area and an outstanding fundraiser for the Rotary Club in 2013 and future years. All proceeds from the Expo will be used to fund projects of the club,” he said.

The Rotary Club uses money raised from fundraisers such as this for local projects, primarily to benefit children. Each year college scholarships are awarded to deserving North Little Rock High School seniors for college assistance. For 13 years the North Little Rock Rotary Club has funded the “I Like Me” reading program. This provides personalized hard cover books to each of about 800 kindergarten children in the North Little Rock School District.

Rotarians go to the elementary schools and read the books to the children. Other local groups benefiting from Rotary help are the Salvation Army, Healthy Smiles, and Hearts and Hooves. Rotarians also give money to the worldwide Polio Plus initiative and give support to water projects in Central America.

The Rotary Club is receiving professional assistance and funding from many local outdoor recreational equipment vendors to insure a great experience for Expo visitors, he said.

Appearances by local television and radio personalities are expected throughout the Expo’s three-day run.

Adult admission to the Expo will be $5 and children under 12 will be free. Arm bands will be issued to allow for free return visits. Banners and directional signs will be in place to direct visitors to the Expo located on the north shore of the Arkansas River.

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