This free, family-friendly event will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bisset Park. The event will host a 300-foot zip line, paddleboard demonstration pool, outdoor gear raffle and gear swap, local food, brews and live music all staged alongside the New River. Appalachian inspired entertainment, such as County Connections and RYZ, are scheduled to perform on the main stage.
The Kid Zone, with a rock wall and bounce house, and demonstrations such as chainsaw carving, outdoor survival tips and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics awareness will round out the event. This year’s expo will have about 100 outdoor-related businesses, organizations and attractions, including the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard, Cabela’s, Virginia State Parks and many more. Visitors can celebrate Earth Day with all of Southwest Virginia as they browse interactive booths and demonstration areas.
The Virginia Outdoor Lovers Expo began in Abingdon in 2014, and for the first time ever, will be held in the New River Valley. The event’s focus is to raise awareness of the diverse outdoor recreation opportunities that are abundant across Southwest Virginia while providing a platform for businesses, clubs, organizations, and communities to form and strengthen ties throughout the region. This event provides opportunities to connect, explore and plan your next outdoor adventure.