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Record crowd expected at Highland Expo

NATCHEZ — In just four days, hundreds of people will fill the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center for the Highland Wildlife Expo.

“We’re looking for a record crowd this year of about 1,200 or better,” Expo director Bruce McCall said.

The Expo will be on at 6 p.m. Thursday. The event is free to the public and jambalaya will be served and prepared by the men of Highland Baptist Church.

McCall said the purpose of the Expo is to bring the church to the community.

“Our main focus is for a free family-oriented event that is available to everybody in the community,” McCall said. “It’s so the church can tell people the good news about Jesus Christ.”

The Expo will feature more than 30 booths all set up with an outdoors theme featuring taxidermists, hunting guns and knives.

Another speaker at the Expo will be Jim Brown, an expert on guns and ammunition.

Residents can still expect to see The Outdoors Channel’s Top Shot season 3 winner Dustin Ellerman on the stage, and McCall said Ellerman will do a little show and tell.

“Ellerman will be in attendance, and he said he’s going to bring some of the guns that he actually used when he won competitions on Top Shot,” McCall said.

The Expo will be giving away more than $25,000 worth of prizes at the event with the grand prize being a Dawkins Polaris four-wheeler. The second place prize will be an AR-15 from Bowie’s Outfitters.

The expo will also be giving away a hunting trip sponsored by Jimmy Allgood at Redneck Adventures.

McCall said he urges everyone to come out and enjoy the many aspects of outdoors.