Outdoor Chattanooga Outdoor Expo Brings Gear And Adoptable Pets To Coolidge Park Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Outdoor Chattanooga will host its 8th annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap, and Adoptapalooza dog adoption event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the east side of Coolidge Park.  The free, public event happens rain or shine.

The Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap will gather several dozen outdoor organizations, clubs, conservation organizations and outfitters together to exhibit their programs, activities and gear for the general public.  Among the outdoor organizations present this year will be Electric Bike Specialists, Silent Cycles, the TN Clean Water Network and TN River Gorge Trust, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Ivy Academy and Green Trips Chattanooga.

2014 sees the return of Roddy Reynolds and his trained chocolate Labrador retrievers from Blowing Springs Kennel. Mr. Reynolds and his pups will offer special demo’s of his dogs’ retrieving skills at 11 and 1:30 p.m. The Sierra Club, Cherokee Group, and the Hamilton Co. Master Gardeners will be hosting a rain barrel workshop, beginning at noon. Workshop spaces are full, but the public is welcome to come observe the process for free.

Rock/Creek, Luwazo, The Gear Closet, Jocksale and private gear swappers will bring loads of closeout and used gear for sale.  L2Boards and the Privateer Yacht Club will share various types of watercraft for getting on local lakes and rivers. Bike Chattanooga, Suck Creek Cycle and Electric Bike Specialists will be on hand with information about how to get riding, and several health and therapy businesses will be on hand offering services and free chair massage.

The 2nd annual Adoptapalooza portion of the event will give the public a chance to meet adoptable dogs available at shelters and service organizations throughout the Chattanooga area.  Among the shelters represented will be the Hamilton Co. Humane Educational Society and the Humane Animal League’s Pet Placement Center. 

Dogs will be permitted in the Adoptapalooza area only for this special event.

For a full list of exhibitors at both events, visit www.outdoorchattanooga.com.






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