On July 19 and 20, Conway will once again be the epicenter of outdoor entertainment when Capt. John Hillstrand from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and Tom Oar from History Channel’s Mountain Men take to the stage at the Arkansas Outdoors Expo.
Now in its fourth year, Conway’s own hunting, fishing and outdoor show will again take place at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds and feature meet- and-greets with the two stars on two separate stages.
The Arkansas Outdoors Expo will also feature the crowd favorite John Deere Gator test track, where visitors can test drive the company’s newest Gator UTVs on a custom dirt track. Other events include more than 150 vendor booths and the Bucks, Ducks and BBQ competition—a certified state championship and sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association—where competitors will vie for a $5,000 pot.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids, with children, 5 and under ,receiving free admission.
Meet and Greet Times:
Saturday – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 3-5 p.m.
Appearing on Mountain Men since season one, and helping it to become History Channel’s highest rated show, Tom Oar is a mountain man to his very core and will do anything to avoid abandoning his lifestyle. Last season on Mountain Men, Tom faced plenty of challenges: a mammoth grizzly threatened the Oars’ cabin; a wolfpack marauded through the area; and Tom was unable to get the deer he and his wife, Nancy, needed. The coming year will be just as difficult. Tom will be forced to protect his property from the fires that are devastating Montana, get the buck that eluded him last year and teach his grandson Tanner the mountain man lifestyle.
Capt. John Hillstrand
Meet and Greet Times:
Saturday: 1-3 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Captain of Time Bandit, John Hillstrand has been a mainstay on-board Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch for nearly a decade now. Now in its tenth season, Deadliest Catch is still going strong. In fact, this year’s premier (April 2014) was the show’s highest rated premiere since season three.
With the self-confidence of a leader and the heart of a teddy bear, Capt. Hillstrand runs a generally happy boat—and a very tight ship. Johnathan was born and raised in Alaska. Life at sea began at an early age. When he’s not crabbing in the winter, you’ll find him fishing for salmon during the summer on board his 38-foot Fishing Fever.