'Swamp People' to visit for new outdoor expo
Two alligator hunters from the swamps of Louisiana will visit Aiken to scope out the Aiken Standard South Carolina Outdoor Expo in June.Father-and-son duo Troy and Jacob Landry of History's show "Swamp People" will be at the South Carolina Outdoor Expo, sponsored by Carolina Outdoors and Golf Cars, on June 23 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Landrys star in "Swamp People," a show where History follows swampers through a 30-day alligator hunting season. Now in its third season, new episodes of "Swamp People" air Thursdays at 9 p.m. on History.The Landrys will meet and greet fans at the expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be available for a photo opportunity and autographs, so bring a camera and an item for them to sign.A family-friendly event geared toward the hunters and fishermen of Aiken, the Outdoor Expo is the perfect opportunity for businesses targeting the outdoor enthusiast as they will be able to showcase the latest and greatest in product lines, said event coordinator Debra Price."Fishing and hunting professionals, as well as industry experts, will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge," Price said. "With the Aiken Standard already being the trusted source for local news and information, it seems only natural for us to be at the center of providing the community with such a venue of this caliber."Tickets for the expo are $8 and go on sale April 2 at the USCA Convocation Center box office.Attendees can visit booths covering the spectrum of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing and archery demonstrations for adults and children alike."We encourage families to bring their children and introduce them to positive role models in the outdoor arena, as well as experiencing hands-on attractions geared specifically to their age group," Price said.The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is bringing its TOMO Heritage Trailer, Price said. TOMO, which stands for Take One Make One, is designed to teach safe hunting practices to students who have no previous outdoor hunting experience, according to SCDNR.The TOMO Heritage Trailer will give kids the opportunity to experience shooting sports and the outdoors through the use of video simulators and hands-on air rifle ranges, according to SCDNR."Our goal is to make this a true outdoor experience for children and adults," Price said.Hootie's Outdoors Inc. will have combination fishing/archery equipment on display and an archery ranch for kids, Price said, and the U.S. Army National Guard is bringing a Humvee and video game ops station for kids.Residents will be able take a spin on a Harley without going anywhere with Harley Davidson of Augusta's Jump Start Simulator, Price added, and several outdoor educational organizations will be in attendance to educate about area animals.The Aiken Standard will run several contests and promotions leading up to the expo, including a cookbook and photo contests. Look for announcements in the Aiken Standard and on the Aiken Standard's Facebook page.Residents may purchase tickets at Carolina Outdoors and Golf Cars, 2258 Whiskey Road, beginning April 2.For more information on sponsorships and booths, call Price at 644-2377.