Expect celebrities as varied as 2014 Miss Washington USA Allyson Rowe, champion shooter Doug Koenig and Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka when Bass Pro Shops opens its doors in Tacoma on Oct. 22.
The planned “Special Evening for Conservation” will begin with a ribbon cutting beginning at 6 p.m. at 7905 S. Hosmer St, once the site of a Lowe’s Hardware and, at 142,000 square feet, now home to one of the world’s largest sporting goods, hunting, fishing and camping gear emporiums.
Also present: Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops founder.
Other sports celebrities scheduled to appear include billiards star Jeanette Lee; Cody Herman, host of TV’s “Day One Outdoors;” Steven Rinella, host of the Sportsman Channel’s “Meat Eater;” Duane Inglin, co-host of Northwest Wild Country radio; Lance Thornton, RedHead pro hunting team member and member of the U.S. Para Archery national team; Bob Foulkrod, RedHead pro hunting team member; and famed angler Jimmy Houston of “Jimmy Houston Outdoors.”
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Opening day displays will include a “King of Bucks” exhibit featuring 25 world-record white-tailed deer mounts, plus the Bass No. 14 Sprint Cup series race car and the company-sponsored NASCAR Camaro.
Conservation groups slated to be present include Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Quail Forever, Mule Deer Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Fifty cents of every dollar spent on opening night will be donated to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Youth Outdoor Initiatives Program and the American National Fish and Wildlife Museum.
The store, with finishing touches now being applied, will feature a full selection of outdoor gear and equipment, from trout flies to boats, plus a 16-lane bowling alley and cafe.