2017 Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition
Sunday, September 17th, 2017!
What is the Big MOE?
The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, also known as The Big MOE is a free, family-friendly event designed to introduce young and old to wildlife and the outdoors. Attracting several thousand attendees annually, the Big MOE features a variety of skills stations, craft tables, and other exhibits relating to wildlife and the outdoors. This is your opportunity to try new outdoor skills and activities such as fishing, archery, kayaking, shooting, building a bird box, geocaching, mountain biking, nature arts and crafts. Visit a New England Pioneer encampment, take a peek at live birds of prey and native reptiles, be part of a treestand safety demonstration and get up close and personal at the 4-H petting zoo. Local sportsmen’s clubs, outdoor businesses, conservation organizations and state agencies sponsor most of the activity stations.
ADMISSION, PARKING, & ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!
NEW INSURANCE REQUIREMENT
Adults and Youth will be required to sign a Liability Release Form. Please print off the form here Liability Form 2017 and bring with you to the expo, or sign one on the day of the event. For ease of entry, we recommend printing beforehand and bringing one per person with you. Thank you for being patient as we roll out this new requirement.
Location: Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, Sturbridge, MA
Rain or Shine! No pets or alcohol. Food and drink available for purchase.
Parking: Convenient parking provided at the Sturbridge Business Park, 660 Main St. FREE shuttle bus transportation runs nonstop throughout the day. On-site parking is reserved for volunteers and those requiring handicapped access. *Parking provided by the Aster Investment Firm.
With 45+ activity stations, there’s something for everyone!! Some of the stations are below. All stations supervised and provide a unique hands-on experience, perfect for all ages.
- Shotgun, airgun, and rifle shooting
- Mountain biking
- Tomahawk throwing
- Birdhouse building
- Fishing and Fly Tying
- Petting zoo
- Birds of prey
- Kids Disc Golf
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Brief History: The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, fondly referred to as The Big M.O.E., started out with a group of sportsmen and women who wanted to create an opportunity for kids of all ages to learn more about outdoor skills, wildlife and conservation. They approached the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club in Sturbridge to host the Mass. Outdoor Expo, due to its central location, facilities and the connections the group had to the club. An annual event was born!
A couple of years later, members of the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo group approached F.A.W.N.S., (Facts About Wildlife & Nature Society), a non-profit group founded in 1998 to promote the connection of people to the outdoors.
FAWNS was interested in promoting educational experiences focusing on the outdoors. A “natural” connection between the Expo group and FAWNS was obvious.
A partnership was formed and FAWNS became the organizing entity supporting the Big MOE Now in it’s 20th year (2017) the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo continues to operate as a free family event. Its key function is to offer a first, safe, step into the outdoors guided by the Certified Instructors who oversee the hands-on activity stations.
The BIG MOE then goes on to provide our participants with the tools to learn about and connect with the many education programs, sporting clubs, and other community pathways to learning more about outdoor activities.
Event and Site Sponsor
Fawns Expo would like to thank Justin Gabriel from The Gun Parlor in Worcester for sponsoring the 2014 Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition and for having his web designer Daniel Fontaine build us a new, mobile friendly, social friendly website! Please be sure to check out The Gun Parlor located at 210 Summer St, Worcester MA, 01614 or online at thegunparlor.com!
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