Outdoors: Economy’s latest victim: tackle show

by Ed Godfrey Published: February 1, 2009
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photo - For the first time in 30 years, there will be no Oklahoma Tackle Show at State  Fair Park. The slow economy forced cancellation of this year’s show, originally scheduled Feb. 12-15. Photo By Steve Gooch, THE OKLAHOMAN
For the first time in 30 years, there will be no Oklahoma Tackle Show at State Fair Park. The slow economy forced cancellation of this year’s show, originally scheduled Feb. 12-15. Photo By Steve Gooch, THE OKLAHOMAN
The annual Oklahoma Tackle Show, billed as the largest tackle show in the Southwest, has been cancelled for 2009.

The downturn in the economy forced cancellation of the show, said Todd Jameson, the show’s producer.

Always held the second weekend of February at State Fair Park, this would have been the 30{+t}{+h} consecutive year of the Oklahoma Tackle Show.

"The decision to cancel was extremely difficult because it has been a fixture for many families throughout the southwest for the past 29 years,” Jameson said.

The difficult economic conditions has forced many exhibitors to cut back on marketing and promotional show budgets, he said.

Chuck Devereaux, who appears at the Oklahoma Tackle Show each year with his Bass Tubs of Oklahoma, said many of the major fishing retailers are pulling out of tackle shows around the country.

"A lot of the big tackle dealers were not going to be (in Oklahoma City),” he said. "If you don’t have the exhibitors, you can’t put a show on. It’s unfortunate it’s come to that. That show is something people looked forward to every year.”

Devereaux, who works tackle shows across the country, said another producer canceled a show in North Carolina while others have reduced the size of their events.

Jameson said he hopes to bring the tackle show back to Oklahoma City next year.


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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