Getting out of the house is often hampered by the fact that most houses are located inside a bigger and fancier house. Step outside of the house outside of your house with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two tickets to the Arkansas Outdoors Expo at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds (a $12 value on advance-purchase tickets; a $16 value at the door). Each pair of tickets purchased must be redeemed together. Admission is free for children younger than 8. Choose between two dates:
• Saturday, August 20, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Sunday, August 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At the Arkansas Outdoors Expo, visitors commune with a buzzing schedule of workshops, rousing competitions, and the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds’ dense forest of vendor exhibits and demonstrations. The expo, set in a 14,000-square-foot event center and 54,000-square-foot outdoor pavilion, hosts casting and fly-tying lessons on Saturday, led by Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide John Gulley. Water-loving warblers court a quacker in the Arkansas State Real Duck Calling Contest, using nothing but voice boxes and hands to mimic the cries of nature's most fearsome beast. As the clock winds down on the expo's first day, aspiring pit masters flaunt their season-and-sear skills on the grills of the Great Steak Cook-Off, dispensing their porterhouse masterpieces to valiant Ultimate Air Dogs and spirited human supporters who promise not to scarf down the meat without chewing it ($5/steak).
On Sunday, nature’s children barter everything from hunting and fishing gear to RVs at the Sportsman’s Swap Meet. Both days entrance game buffs with the Outdoor Channel Outfitters' world-record-holding exhibit of trophy animals and beckon arrow enthusiasts and confident head-topping apples to a 3-D Archery Tournament ($15 to participate).
2501 E Oak St.
Conway, Arkansas 72032Get Directions