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"I definitely keep this date marked on my calendar. I know when it's coming up," said Chassey Johnson.

From turkey fans to matchless fires, and duck and turkey calls, of course, the Georgia Outdoors Show showcased a variety of products for huntsmen, fishers and outdoors enthusiasts. And for many shoppers like Johnson, they look forward to the event each year when it comes to the Georgia National Fairgrounds. For many vendors, it's a chance for them to be face to face with their customers.

"It's getting your potential customers all centered in one place," said Seb Burnett, of Matchless Campfire.

For many new businesses setting out in the outdoors market, their main goal is to catch the eye of potential consumers.

"We're trying to get people to just recognize the pattern and recognize the name, and what better way than to come and talk to the people that are really out there hunting?," Tom Martin, of Bull Gator Camouflage, said.

And some vendors say building personal relationships with customers is key to success.

"That puts a face to a name with these future customers that we're hoping to capture, and they'll say, 'Hey I remember Rick. I got his card, let me give him a call. I have a question about the fan,'" said Rick Franco, of Turkeyfans.com.

Some customers come for the variety of outdoors products that other larger stores don't offer.

"Bass Pro Shops is mainly fishing," said shopper Jackson Brown. "Not turkey and deer, and all that stuff. This one has more of widespread options of what you could do."

And although the products might be cheaper at the event, some customers say they don't lack quality.

"I'd say they maybe have cheaper products but no less of a product, because like I said, with it being handmade, that's what sells me," Johnson said.

The Great Outdoors Show admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

Saturday, they're open Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


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