Show Information – News Channel 8 Outdoors Expo

When: March 3-5, 2017 at the Florida State Fairgrounds

  • Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


For 26 years, attending The Outdoors Expo has been a spring tradition for generations of boaters, fishermen, hunters, and those who love the outdoors. This year we celebrate our 26th anniversary with more of everything.

A shopping extravaganza and boat show in a family-friendly country fair atmosphere, the Expo boasts 140,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space plus outdoor display areas and lakes.  We feature more than one hundred exhibitors.  Whether your passion is boating, saltwater of freshwater fishing, cast netting, fly fishing, hunting, or kayaking, the News Channel 8 and Great 38 Outdoors Expo is the place for you.


  • Admission to the Expo is FREE FOR ALL AGES on Friday, March 3, courtesy of your Southern Chevy Dealers.  Admission for ages 13-and-up is only $8.00 on Saturday and Sunday.  Parking at the Fairgrounds is $6.00.
  • Show hours are 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday; and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.  The State Fairgrounds are located east of Tampa near the junction of I-4 and I-75.


The Expo features new boats, boating accessories, fishing gear, apparel, and much more. With nearly 50 seminars on fresh and saltwater fishing, fly-fishing, boating, hunting, kayaking and more from top outdoors experts, the show attracts and maintains a tremendous crowd day after day. Come out, enjoy and stay on top of your game with all of the latest inside tips, tricks, strategies, and advice from the industry’s most renowned professionals.



Bring the whole family out for the latest in outdoors products and services. There are also activities for the whole family including seminars hosted by industry professionals and celebrities, hands-on demonstrations, a 40-ft. Bass Aquarium, “Be A Diver” pool, kids fishing derbies, and a HUGE selection of the latest gear at special show prices. Come experience 25 years of tradition at Florida’s largest outdoors show and Tampa’s only spring boat show!


News Channel 8 and Great 38 anchors will be in attendance throughout the weekend to interact with attendees. We will also have Paula Street from Q105 in attendance on Saturday to emcee activities and demonstrations throughout the day.

Chuck Devereaux, a veteran of the B.A.S.S. tournament series and an accomplished teacher and speaker returns this year to lead four seminars daily at the Bass Aquarium Stage.  Besides general bass fishing tips, Chuck will discuss which baits to use and how to use them to fish like a pro.

The Wear it Florida Safe Boating Stage will feature a dozen renown anglers discussing topics ranging from fishing with artificial baits to flats fishing techniques.  Whether you’re fishing for reds, tarpon, snook, bass or crappie, our experts know where and how to “land the big one.”

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Fishing Derbies are back again on Saturday and Sunday.  Volunteers help kids bait their hooks, cast, and reel in their catches on a small stocked lake behind the exhibit halls.  There are grand prizes for the largest fish caught over the weekend in this catch and release contest.  However, all kids receive goodie bags for participating.


 Vendors will offer great deals on boats, personal water craft, fishing tackle, kayaks, apparel and other outdoors-related items.  In addition to the special discounts, Expo visitors will get their first look at many new products.

Non-profit fishing, hunting and conservation groups – including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Guides Association and the Coastal Conservation Association will be on hand.

Whether your favorite pastime is fishing for bass, kings, grouper, snook or redfish; or hunting turkey, deer, or ducks, you’ll find the right club or organization with experienced members and volunteers eager to share their expertise with you. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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