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The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits, sponsored by MidwayUSA, will be held May 19 to 22, 2016. Special events will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center, KFC Yum! Center Arena, Kentucky International Convention Center and Belvedere at Waterfront Park. The exhibit hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center opens Friday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m. For more information, including event tickets, please visit www.nraam.org.
More than 70,000 attendees and 800-plus exhibitors are expected at this year’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Leading firearm manufacturers will display the industry’s latest products. Guides and outfitters, various hunting and shooting accessories, and extensive private firearm collections displayed by NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs will fill more than 10 acres of convention space.
The National NRA Foundation Banquet, sponsored by Kimber, Henry, Universal Coin and Century Arms and co-sponsored by Zeiss and Frontier Tactical, will take place on Thursday, May 19, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. This event is closed to the press.
The NRA-ILA Leadership Forum presented by Townhall Media and Bearing Arms will take place on Friday, May 20. This year’s confirmed speakers thus far include Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul Ryan, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee, author Mark “Oz” Geist and conservative journalist Katie Pavlich. This event is open to the press.
NRA Country is pleased to present the NRA Country Jam presented by Colt at the Belvedere at Waterfront Park on Friday, May 20, featuring ACM Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, Breaking Southwest and Wildwood. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and music starts at 7:00 p.m. This is a free event.
On Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m., the NRA Saturday Night Celebration is proud to present performances by country music superstar Toby Keith with special guest Chris Janson. A limited number of tickets remain starting at $20 and are available now via Ticketmaster.
NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits, sponsored by MidwayUSA, provide a safe and fun atmosphere the whole family can enjoy. The Pyramyd Air® Gun Range is a top attraction – both for participants and observers. The event will also offer a variety of seminars, sponsored by Cabela’s, throughout the three-day convention.