This feature appears in the April ’16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
The Kentucky Derby will be over, but the echo of the bugler’s notes calling the jockeys to the starting gate might still be wafting through the hills when the NRA’s 2016 Annual Meetings & Exhibits comes to Louisville, Ky., May 20-22.
The annual gathering, sponsored by MidwayUSA, brings together the NRA family to celebrate our right to keep and bear arms. If recent years are any indication, the event is sure to draw a crowd. Last year, more than 78,000 attended the festivities in Nashville, Tenn. The agenda offers a mix of business and pleasure.
On the business side, members will have several opportunities to hear from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. And, with this being a presidential election year, distinguished pro-gun leaders will participate in the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, where they will inspire and inform attendees about issues regarding our rights.
On the fun side, attendees will be able to stroll through more than 600 exhibitors’ booths at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The exhibition hall will include representatives from every major firearm and accessory manufacturer, plus hunting outfitters who will let you book the hunt of a lifetime. Family activities, such as air gun shooting, will also be available, and Toby Keith will be the lead after-hours musical entertainer.
If you’re looking for a way to support NRA’s missions, consider one of our three auctions. The NRA-ILA Annual Dinner & Auction (presented by Kimber Manufacturing) will give attendees a chance to bid on guns, collectibles and even an Orange County Choppers motorcycle, donated by Pell Industrial. The National NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction (sponsored by Kimber, Henry Repeating Arms and Universal Coin & Bullion, with Carl Zeiss Optics as a contributing co-sponsor) will put a tricked-out Black Ops Jeep Wrangler on the block. The Women’s Leadership Forum Luncheon & Auction, with entertainment by ventriloquist and comedian Terry Fator, will offer a great collection of items for its silent and live auction.
So grab your mint julep and saddle up for a fun ride that will last a lot longer than the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”