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Sportsmen's expo gets underway in Glendale

PHOENIX -- It's a big weekend for Valley lovers of the outdoors: The International Sportsmen's Expo officially got underway at University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday.

John Kirk with the event said it's is a great chance for parents to get the kids hooked on camping, fishing, hiking, hunting and off-roading.

"We have a large youth fair that provides kids and families with a first stop to the outdoors with a lot of hands on activities," he said. "We have a catch-and-release trout pond, a rock climbing wall, radio-controlled off-road track, archery and shooting ranges. All of the products are provided along with the experts, who will show the kids how to do things safely."

Kirk said the expo is not a gun show, although some of the exhibitors could raffle off a gun.

Tickets for the expo are $12 for adults and kids under 15 get in free.

The how runs until 6p.m. Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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