By Jill Adler
For those you who didn’t get into the January Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, there is the Utah Adventure + Gear Expo opening today and tomorrow for the first time. “We had the first-ever show back in May but this is the first fall show,” said UAGE’s Josh Christensen. “The motive is really to help promote all the great outdoor recreation companies and activities in Utah. Outdoor Retailers comes to town twice a year but is obviously business to business and we felt there was a need for [something] for the public with a strong Utah focus.”
The event is supposed to be the largest public expo in the state for outdoor action sports, recreation, outdoor gear, and resources. So you’ve got something cool to do tonight or tomorrow if you’re into skiing, snowboarding, cycling, mountain biking, running, camping, climbing, and adventure travel. The Southtowne Expo Center will be filled with more than 80,000 square feet of vendors and manufacturers with raffles and special deals on outdoor gear. There are also Fat Bike demos by Mad Dog Cycles, an indoor mountain bike track by Wasatch Indoor Bike Park and Alpine Trails, longboarding and half pipe demos, indoor climbing walls, and an avalanche safety clinic on Saturday by Black Diamond and Utah Avalanche Center.
Extreme sports athletes from the X-Games, MTV’s Nitro Circus, and Fuel TV’s Thrillbillies are scheduled to showcase their skills on a 30-foot mega ramp. There’s also a 15-foot mini-mega ramp jump to a cushioned air bag landing and the Thrillbillies base-jumping experience open to the public all weekend.
Mountainfilm on Tour Sandy City has partnered with the Adventure + Gear Expo as Utah’s exclusive host of the Mountainfilm in Telluride Festivals’ Mountainfilm on Tour. Tonight and tomorrow from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The festival includes two films (Desert Ice filmed in Zion’s and Off-Width Outlaw filmed in Indian Creek). Also screening at the expo is El Sendero Luminoso, a film created by the local film company Camp2Collective.
FUN RUN Runners, hurry and sign up for the free Light Up Sandy 5K Fun Run tonight at 6:30 p.m. The 5K run will begin on the north side of the South Towne Expo Center and continue south for 1.5 miles on the Porter Rockwell trail. Hit up the dollar store for glow sticks and anything that lights up.
Show Dates: When: Friday, November 7: Noon–9:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Where: South Towne Expo Center 9575 South State Street Sandy, UT 84070
Admission: Adults: $10 at door / $8 online; Children 6–12: $5