News For Immediate Release: August 29, 2011
Tucson, Arizona – Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, will be onsite at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club to participate in the opening ceremony for the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair at 10:00 am on September 23. Governor Deal, a strong supporter of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation, will be offering an opening address along with Safari Club International Foundation and Quail Unlimited’s senior leadership. After the opening ceremony, Governor Deal will be touring the event venue to participate in the many hands-on activities that are scheduled for the weekend. The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will run September 23-25, 2011 in Douglasville, Georgia, just 35 minutes southwest of Atlanta.
“Having an outdoors festival of this magnitude, run by Safari Club International Foundation and Quail Unlimited that have such stature in the conservation community, is an honor for Georgia. The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will bring so many opportunities for Georgia’s residents, and those of our neighboring states, to try their hand at all of these great outdoor pursuits,” commented Governor Deal. “An avid outdoorsman myself, I know just how important outdoorsmen and women are to this state – both through the economic impacts that hunting, fishing and wildlife recreation have and through the tremendous conservation ethic that sportsmen and women possess. This event is a tribute to their hard work and an opportunity for anyone with any interest in the great outdoors to get outside and get active.”
The 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Recreation found that 2.8 million Georgia residents and non-residents older than 16 fished, hunted or watched wildlife in the state spending $3.5 billion on these activities. These outdoor pursuits are an integral part of life in Georgia and the rest of the southeast and do not take into consideration other outdoor recreation activities that will be included at the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair such as equestrian sports, boating, hiking and more.
“Georgia has taken steps in recent years to protect the state’s natural, cultural and historic treasures, and we will continue to promote stewardship to ensure that Georgia retains its pristine environment for future generations of sportsmen and nature lovers,” Deal, a member of the Governor’s Sportsmen’s Caucus, continued. “Georgia’s natural resources drive tourism and support jobs around the state, particularly in economically challenged regions of the state.”
“Georgia is one of the top states in the country for hunting and fishing, thanks in large part to the wealth of opportunities and the conservation ethic within the state,” said Joe Hosmer, President of Safari Club International Foundation. “This is one of the main reasons we chose the state to host the Game Fair. The event will benefit our organization and the important conservation, education and humanitarian services we provide in this country and around the world.”
Proceeds from the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair support Safari Club International Foundation’s (SCIF) efforts to promote science–based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of hunting in society. Programs such as the Sportsmen Against Hunger and SafariCare provide food and healthcare services to people in need. The Sensory Safari program (that will be onsite during the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair), Safari Wish and the Disabled Hunter/Pathfinder programs serve individuals with disabilities or terminal illnesses to connect with wildlife and the great outdoors. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these efforts and recent expenditures have exceeded $5 million annually.
The three day EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will benefit these conservation efforts all while giving participants a fun-filled weekend in the outdoors. Villages spread across Foxhall’s 1,100 acres will feature shooting, archery, dog training, fishing, equestrian sports, ATV trials, birds of prey and much more. Vendors will be scattered across the facility offering the best and newest outdoor sporting equipment. And for music lovers, the Entertainment Stage will feature Aaron Tippin and Crossin Dixon as well as several local bands.
Discounted tickets are available online only – go to the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair website (www.epicgamefair.org) to buy them today. There are also regular updates on the event blog, EPICGameFairBlog.org, Facebook, Facebook.com/EPICOutdoorGameFair and Twitter,Twitter.com/EPICGameFair.
Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these causes around the world. Visit www.safariclubfoundation.org for more information.
Quail Unlimited® is the oldest national, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the management of America’s wild quail. Known as “America’s Leader In Quail Conservation SM,” QU’s overall vision is to restore America’s quail populations for future generations. The organization’s core values include the wise stewardship of our land and its resources, and the continuation of our proud heritage of conservation, therefore, leaving a legacy and firm foundation for our youth and families to build upon.