NEW ORLEANS – The National Preppers and Survivalists Expo announced that its next event will be held in Baton Rouge in 2017.
As one of the original trade shows for businesses in the survival industry, organizer Ray McCreary says these events attract an average of 7,000 customers each year. In fact, stars from the hit reality television show “Naked and Afraid” have signed on as featured guests.
The National Preppers and Survivalists Expo is a two-day event focusing on the preparedness, self reliance, supplies and survival skills that are crucial when a catastrophe strikes. Natural disasters, man-made events and global unrest can trigger panic and disrupt our social or political order without warning.
Preparing for such emergencies can help you and your family survive if ever an event occurs.
McCreary expects hundreds of exhibitors and seminars at the event.
The 2017 expo will take place at the Baton Rouge-Lamar Dixon Expo Center on March 4 – 5.
Most recently, the NP&S Expo completed a successful 2016 show this past May in Virginia.
Despite some challenges with its Sunday crowd, which coincided with Mother’s Day, the event held at the Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia was a success, organizers told a Paratus Business News reporter.
Thousands of consumers took advantage of the expo to interact with nearly 100 vendors exhibiting their products and services. In addition, visitors took part in 21 separate seminars throughout the weekend, including survival first aid taught by Doom and Bloom’s Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.
And while Mother’s Day did offer organizers a challenge, they garnered extremely favorable press from the local Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper. Highlighting “handy items for everyday crises” the paper endorsed themes of preparedness while featuring survival businesses and organizations: the Live Free USA survival network, Swat-T tourniquets, Primal Gear’s folding archery equipment, Tecwar Outfitters, and Click It Hot’s medical gear.
Baton Rouge is the second largest city in Louisiana and is less than an hour from New Orleans and Lafayette. Other easily accessible metropolitan areas include Jackson, Miss. and Houston.
Vendors can take advantage of special prices if they sign up early for the 2017 expo. Booths ranging from $650 for a 10-foot x 10-foot booth to $1,500 for a 20-foot x 20-foot booth are available for the early-bird prices. Interested businesses can contact expo officials here or by calling Ray McReary at 504-281-4430.