Columbus Welcomes the Bowhunting World

by
posted on January 15, 2010
ot_mind_ah2015_fs.jpg

The 2010 ATA Trade Show drew thousands of bowhunters to the Greater Columbus Convention Center last week, and at final tally there was a 12 percent increase in traffic from last year's show.

The attendance spike seems to prove that while the economy may be stumbling into the new year, the archery world is going to hit the ground running in 2010.

“The mood on the floor was the most upbeat I recall in the 10 years I’ve been with the ATA,” said Jay McAninch, ATA CEO/president. “All told, many exhibitors sighted increases that — in some cases — amounted to double the business from the 2009 show, a very good show in its own right.”

The Trade Show floor featured 478 exhibitors, 25 more than in 2009. This total included 90 first-time exhibitors, as well as 24 start-up companies in the ATA’s new Innovation Zone. International attendance continued its upward trend as the show saw a 51 percent increase in the number of international retail and distributor companies attending.

Those that didn't have a business interest in archery could walk the floor at the ATA show and see just about every hunting celebrity to ever pick up a bow. Michael Waddell, flanked by his Bone Collector crew, signed autographs and chatted with hundreds of interested ATA members and fans, while Lee and Tiffany Lakosky held court a few booths down the row. Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones hung around with the Buck Commander boys and even quipped during an autograph frenzy, “you got to love the hunting crowd.”

Jim Shockey also made an appearance pushing his new Signature Series Yukon bow by Alpine Archery.

If you couldn't make it to the ATA Trade Show this year, here are a few notes on what you missed:

--A record 40 shooting lanes were rented in Columbus.

--A total of 334 people from 37 international countries are registered for the show.

--Industry professionals are here from every state except Hawaii. Ohio tops the list with
792attendees, and then it's Michigan, 605; Indiana, 387; Wisconsin, 385; and Illinois, 329.

Latest

Silencer Central INC 5000 Lead
Silencer Central INC 5000 Lead

Silencer Central Makes Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies

Silcencer Central has made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

Smith & Wesson Introduces Model 350

Smith & Wesson has introduced the Model 350, the company's first production revolver chambered in the powerful straight-walled 350 Legend.

Members' Best 2022

Be it a bucket list hunt in a land of giants, an anniversary escape with a loved one, a quick scouting trip turned big-buck showdown or the culmination of a trophy slam, American Hunter readers searched for and found opportunity near and far this past year.

First Look: Buck Bourbon Rack House Blind

Veil Camo has announced the integration of its Wideland Camo pattern with the new Buck Bourbon Rack House 300+ One Way Mesh hunting blind.

First Look: Canvas Cutter Dominator 2.0 Bedroll

The Dominator 2.0 Bedroll is Canvas Cutter’s flagship outdoors sleep solution, designed for any backpacking, hunting, fishing, or camping adventure.

Florida Expands Gator-Hunting Hours and Equipment

Gargantuan gators beware! Florida's 2022 hunting season started on Monday, 8/15 with brand new rules regarding hunting hours and acceptable equipment.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.