I think I am going to go to the Sheep Show in Reno this year. I've read some old posts about how great it is, but as a first timer, what can I expect? I see that there has been a bowsite cocktail party in the past... is that an annual thing? What other events are there outside the actual convention that a newbie can get involved with?
I've been around bowsite for 7-8 years, but i mostly lurk b/c my limited state land white tail tales don't stack up to the amazing adventures so many of you have... i'm looking forward to an opportunity to meet some of you "famous" bowsiters face to face!
I am a <1, and I don't see that changing any time soon because I am more in the invest and accumulate phase of my life than the spend and enjoy phase, but I want to do my part to make sure the sheep are still around when its time for me to hunt them!
so, what can i expect?!?
I spent most of my time in the exhibit hall talking to outfitters and bumped into many Bowsiter's that would come up to say hi to the outfitter and then a conversation would break out.
Good times, I'm planning on going back this year!
Friends? You'll meet some you know and make new friends.
Family? The sheep hunting community is definitely a family. We take care of our own and step up big time when someone needs help.
Conservation? We put 77% of the money we raised into on-the-ground conservation projects last year. That's a number that is astonishingly high for non-profits.
I went to my first Sheep Show in 1999 simply to meet with a sculptor who was doing some work for me. I was incredibly impressed by the quality of the people I met and their willingness to share information with me.
I've been to every Sheep Show since!
bill v and others - how does the eastern show stack up to the main show?
The two are totally different experiences.
Eastern puts on a fine show, but it's nothing close to the WSF Sheep Show.
The Sheep Show is an major, international convention with over 400 exhibitors.
Do both if you can.
You won't regret it.
Enjoy, bill v