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- Prostaff Member Steve Johnson
As a first year attendee I really didn't know what to expect of a show of this caliber. I knew quite a bit about who was going to be there and what the show was about, but what to really expect I was unsure. Overall impressions were very good right from the start. There were ATA Show signs everywhere we went from the Airport and hotel to St. Elmo's Steak House where we had dinner the last evening.
We missed the first day so I won't be able to comment on that, but first thing Friday morning we found ourselves center stage for the Largest Archery Only show in the country. As you can imagine every big name in the industry was in attendance, from RealTree and Primos to Bowtech and Hoyt. If they make archery equipment they were here, with only one exception. Mathews was nowhere to be found. Not sure why but they did not have a booth.
The ATA Show is a great platform for companies to come out and showcase their latest innovations for the 2009 Archery World and believe me there were a lot. We saw impressive new gear from many big name companies including Tru Ball, Cuddeback, NAP, BowTech, PSE, Primos, Ol Man Treestands, and Bad Boy Buggies. New products and ideas were somewhat expected from the big names, however they weren't the only ones with big ideas for 2009. For every big name company that was in attendance there had to be five small companies working on making a name for themselves. So there was a good mix of big and small and everything in between.
I was personally impressed with the show on every level. Friday night we attended the evening events where they had drawings for over 60 prizes ranging in value from $1,000 to the grand prize of an African Safari valued at over $35,000 (no we didn't win anything). As if that weren't enough after all the drawings were done, Blake Shelton came out and performed for over an hour. We had the opportunity to meet Blake earlier in the day and he was just as down to earth and funny as he appears to be in the couple hunting shows I have seen him on.
The big name Hunting personalities and TV show hosts were all in attendence as well. We saw everyone from the Bone Collectors; Michael Waddell, Nick Mundt and T-bone to The Lakosky's and everyone in between. We had the opportunity to meet and talk with almost everyone. Everyone was super nice and really seemed down to earth. Just good genuine people who didn't seem any different then what you see on TV. Everyone that we ran into had a minute to talk or take a picture with us. Waddell even took a minute to talk to my wife on the phone (she is a huge fan, although I’m not sure that was a good idea…haha).
Overall I think the Show is a huge success and there are a lot of very cool products hitting the market for 2009. We are in the process of writing some reviews on some of the things we thought were cool.
Here are a few cool things we found at the show we thought you might be intersted in...