| May 29, 2013

RenoExpo-1_web_0Using a Silent Auction at a big multi-function show, and a Mild to Wild Trail Ride in the Reno, NV, area, the awesome folks at Lockett Shows (Al and Shirley Lockett, and crew) raised $2000 to support BlueRibbon Coalition, champions of responsible outdoor recreation.

The Reno Expo is held every year at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and is produced by Lockett Shows.  Not just one show, but four great shows, all in one location.  The Expo includes the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo, Reno Boat & Recreation, Travel & Vacation Show, Reno Spring Home & Garden Show, and the Reno Pet Show and Pug Parade.

Producing shows since 1967, Al Lockett is no stranger to putting on an entertaining event.  “Adding our support to the BlueRibbon Coalition with our shows is essential in these days to ensure we all have a place to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Al. “Thank goodness for our local off-road clubs like the Sierra Stompers,” continued Al, “who orchestrated and managed the successful Silent Auction this year for us.”

Vendors and manufacturers from all over donated to the Silent Auction to support BRC, with folks like 4Wheel Parts, MetalCloak, SmittyBilt, and many local businesses adding to the goodie pile.  Daina and Matt Smith from the Sierra Stompers 4×4 Club put the Silent Auction together and spent most of the weekend staffing the booth helping folks make bids and support the cause.

“We can’t imagine not supporting our organized recreation groups,” said Daina. “Our outdoor fun depends on groups like the BlueRibbon Coalition fighting for our continued access!”

BRC Ambassador Del Albright attended the Expo with Stacie, his wife, and they were hugely impressed with the show and the clubs supporting landuse and access.  “One minute you can watch a fishing demonstration, sniff a new potting soil, then mosey over to discuss access roads to the backcountry with several local 4×4 clubs,” said Del.  “It’s quite a multi-function show and I was extremely impressed with the turnout and fun had by all.”

Last year, through the combined effort of the donors, bidders and volunteers, the Expo was able to raise $1,500.  This year they hit the $2000 mark!

Stay tuned for the dates for next year’s Expo.  They ask businesses to consider making a donation of merchandise to be auctioned off during this event. Donations could represent hundreds of dollars in auction funds raised. Al added, “By donating merchandise, you’ll be making a contribution that will help the BlueRibbon Coalition continue its mission to represent the interests of responsible recreationist across the country.”

Learn more and be part of next year’s efforts at

You can contact Lockett Shows at:
PO BOX 17147
Reno, NV  89511
PH: 775-849-8000

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