WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Bass Pro Shops’ World’s Fishing Fair open in Springfield this week
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The World’s Fishing Fair, a one-of-kind event for outdoor enthusiasts, will open in Springfield on Wednesday as Bass Pro Shops celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Bass Pro’s flagship store in Springfield, located at 1935 S. Campbell Ave., will hold the World’s Fishing Fair from March 30 to April 3. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will participate in the opening ceremonies on Tuesday evening. CLICK HERE for the latest on the event.
Organizers consider the World’s Fishing Fair to be one of the largest fishing-themed events in the world. Bass Pro Shops organizers expect up to 500,000 visitors to the city. The fair will feature several exhibitions, vendors, seminars, concerts, and sales of boats and fishing gear.
Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, John Anderson, and Hank Williams Jr. are all expected to perform throughout the event. Many professional fishermen and NASCAR legends, including Martin Truex, Jr. and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will make guest appearances throughout the week as well.
“Springfield is proud to be the world headquarters of Bass Pro Shops and the home of Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium,” said the City of Springfield at the event. “We congratulate Johnny Morris and Bass Pro on the 50th anniversary this year.”
The city of Springfield estimates an economic impact of $80 million from the World’s Fishing Fair. Proceeds from the concert tickets and general ticket sales will benefit conservation partners.
A stretch of Campbell Avenue by Sunshine Street will be closed beginning Tuesday evening. Travelers are encouraged to keep an eye out for digital messaging signs throughout the week with instructions and to CLICK HERE for a map of traffic impacts and considerations.
Bass Pro Shops will shuttle guests to the event from the below parking lots:
- Former Corwin Dodge Lot - 1025 W. Sunshine
- Grizzly Tools Warehouse - 1815 W. Battlefield Road
- Battlefield Mall Sears Lot - 2825 S. Glenstone Ave.
- Battlefield Mall North Lot - 2825 S. Glenstone Ave.
- Jordan Valley Car Park - 815 E. St. Louis St.
- Parkview High School JFK Stadium - 1333 S. Grant Ave.
- Former Toys R’ Us - 1415 E. Battlefield Road.
Tickets for the entire fair, aside from the concerts, are available for as low as $10. Military members can get tickets for as low as $5. Also, 100% of the military ticket sales will be donated to conservation. For tickets and more information on the World’s Fishing Fair, CLICK HERE.
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