Skip to main content

Redding Sportsman's Expo

02/27/2017 12:53PM, Published by Jon Lewis, Categories: In Print, Recreation




The North State's Great Outdoors

March 2017
By Jon Lewis
Photo courtesy of Dustin Janc

Dustin Janc is happiest when he’s outdoors, on the trail of deer and elk, angling for trout or trying to outsmart a wild turkey.

Sometimes, though, the weather, work and family obligations keep him out of the woods and off the water. It was during one of those idle stretches when the Cottonwood resident got to thinking. Wouldn’t it be cool, he thought, if Redding had an off-season event tailored for outdoors lovers like himself?

About 18 months ago, he posed that question to his mother-in-law, Angie Gurrola, who co-owns Mesa Productions with her husband Rick and has a wealth of experience in promoting concerts and events. She agreed, but offered up one caveat: you better do a bang-up job or your event will be a one-and-done flash in the pan.

Janc took that advice to heart. He enlisted sponsors, lined up exhibitors, booked the Civic Auditorium, spread the word and hoped for the best. Some 10,000 people came through the doors during that weekend in April and the Redding Sportsman’s Expo was on the map.

Buoyed by that reception, Janc is back and ready to officially tab the expo as an annual event, with Round Two set for the first weekend in April.

“I noticed this was kind of lacking. There were just no outdoors-oriented events. And one day it kind of clicked and with the help of my in-laws, I put something together,” Janc says. He adds that it doesn’t hurt that Redding is basically Ground Zero for outdoor recreation.

Janc also was able to take advantage of the contacts he’s developed through Out West Outdoors, a video production company he operates with three fellow hunting enthusiasts. “I reached out to them and they knew a lot of people who wanted to come,” he says. 

More than 100 exhibitors will be on hand to interact with people interested in boating, hiking, fly fishing, kayaking, camping, mountain biking, hunting and anything else pertaining to the outdoors. Visitors can learn about local hunts, book a fishing guide, attend seminars on fly-fishing, fly tying and big-game hunting and enjoy hunting and fishing videos.

Retailers scheduled to have representatives on hand include Sportsman’s Warehouse, Down Range Indoor Training Center, Girls with Guns Clothing, Olde West Gun & Loan, Bastiani Arms, Nor Cal Arms, Crown Motors, Redding Yamaha Sea Doo Can-Am, Harrison’s Marine & RV, Deadeye Outfitters Apparel and
Outdoor Ally.

People looking for more active pursuits can visit an archery range or play a game of archery tag using protective gear and special arrows tipped with what appear to be giant marshmallows. The more adventurous can traverse a 260-foot zip line or scurry up a climbing wall.

Refreshments will be available in the beer garden and a few local restaurants will be operating food booths. Janc says every visitor will automatically be entered into a raffle for a gun, a gun safe and other prizes. “Other vendors will offer raffles too. Attendees will have a chance to win prizes by just walking in the door.”

When he isn’t out in the woods or organizing the expo, Janc stays busy with his job as a supervisor at Costco. Janc and his wife, Karli, are the parents of son Easton and daughter Addison. Janc says both kids enjoy hunting and fishing and tag along on trips whenever they can.

Janc says his personal preferences on hunting lean more toward deer, elk, wild pigs and turkeys. For fishing, he favors streams
and creeks, “but to tell you the truth, I’ll fish anywhere. I just like to get outside.” •


Redding Civic Auditorium • www.reddingsportsmansexpo.com

9 am to 5 pm Saturday, April 1• 9 am to 4 pm Sunday, April 2



Redding Sportsman's Expo Redding Civic Dustin Janc


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Community Organizer Training

    03/24/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Are you interested in starting a movement or creating change? Come to our workshop to learn more!


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/24/2017
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    Popovics Home and Garden Expo is coming to the Shasta District Fair and Event Center! This is y...


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/24/2017
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    This event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample inte...


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/26/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    This event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample inte...


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/26/2017
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    Popovics Home and Garden Expo is coming to the Shasta District Fair and Event Center! This is y...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Free Retail Healthy Food Sampling

    03/28/2017
    03:00PM — 04:30PM

    Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Free retail healthy food samplings on March 28, 2017 at A...


  • Shasta Bike Challenge

    03/28/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Under the guidance of several longtime RMB members, you will be guided through the process of m...


  • Community Organizer Training

    03/24/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Are you interested in starting a movement or creating change? Come to our workshop to learn more!


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/24/2017
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    Popovics Home and Garden Expo is coming to the Shasta District Fair and Event Center! This is y...


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/24/2017
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    This event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample inte...


  • Cesar Chavez Day of Service

    03/25/2017
    07:00AM

    Clean up day in memory of Mr. Chavez to honor his legacy of commitment to equality and community ...


  • Dolores Huerta Day of Service

    03/25/2017
    08:00AM

    Feed the Homeless Event. We will be assisting with feeding the homeless population in Tehama Coun...


  • FREE family fun. Come join us at our 5th annual poultry show. See hundreds of purebred chickens a...


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/25/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    This event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample inte...


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/25/2017
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    Popovics Home and Garden Expo is coming to the Shasta District Fair and Event Center! This is y...


  • We'll have live music at the Tied House as we celebrate! All In DIPA 16oz cans release party! Sp...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Brewhouse Tours

    03/25/2017
    04:30PM — 05:00PM

    Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at Wildcard? Join us for a tour. This is y...


  • Canvas and Cocktails

    03/25/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Come drink and paint with us! You don’t need ANY art experience to enjoy this evening of fun, mus...


  • Redding Community Contra Dance

    03/25/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    What is contra? Contra dance is the American cousin to Scottish and English Country set dances. I...


  • Pretty In Pink Prom

    03/25/2017
    07:00PM — 11:00PM

    Join Nor-Cal Think Pink at their 2nd Annual Pretty In Pink Prom Benefit Night. Enjoy hors d'oeurv...


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/26/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    This event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample inte...


  • Spring 2017 Home and Garden Expo

    03/26/2017
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    Popovics Home and Garden Expo is coming to the Shasta District Fair and Event Center! This is y...


  • Free Retail Healthy Food Sampling

    03/28/2017
    03:00PM — 04:30PM

    Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Free retail healthy food samplings on March 28, 2017 at A...


  • Shasta Bike Challenge

    03/28/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Under the guidance of several longtime RMB members, you will be guided through the process of m...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Midweek Madness

    03/29/2017
    02:00PM — 08:00PM

    Visit either Wildcard location on Wednesday and get $3 off a growler fill.


  • Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

    03/29/2017
    07:00PM

    Be Our Guest! You are invited to come to SSCCC’s amazing presentation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR...


  • Work Readiness Event

    03/30/2017
    09:00AM — 01:00PM

    Nervous about finding a job? Not sure how to get started? Come to the 2nd annual Work Readiness E...


  • Free Retail Healthy Food Sampling

    03/30/2017
    03:00PM — 04:30PM

    Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Free retail healthy food samplings on March 30, 2017 at S...


  • Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

    03/30/2017
    07:00PM

    Be Our Guest! You are invited to come to SSCCC’s amazing presentation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR...


  • Tarzan

    03/31/2017
    07:00PM

    Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock le...


  • Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

    03/31/2017
    07:00PM

    Be Our Guest! You are invited to come to SSCCC’s amazing presentation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR...


  • This Year Come to Red Bluff and Celebrate All Fool's Day aka April Fools Day! A Double Header We...


  • Love Your Pet Expo 2017

    04/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    10th annual free pet-friendly event, with charity auction, pet adoptions, low cost vaccines, hear...


  • Friends of Shasta County Libraries

    04/01/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    On Saturday, April 1st, 2017, the Friends of the Shasta County Libraries will sell gently used bo...


  • Tarzan

    04/01/2017
    02:00PM

    Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock le...


  • Art Roster 5th Annual Forgery Show

    04/01/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Forgery Show is an annual art exhibit featuring the work of Mt. Shasta's ArtRoster Atelier pa...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Brewhouse Tours

    04/01/2017
    04:30PM — 05:00PM

    Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at Wildcard? Join us for a tour. This is y...


  • Bunco Night Fundraiser

    04/01/2017
    06:00PM — 08:30PM

    Join us for a fun night of rolling dice! It's BUNCO time! This is a fun fundraiser that benefits ...


  • Tarzan

    04/01/2017
    07:00PM

    Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock le...


  • Rumi’s Caravan brings to life the rich tradition of ecstatic poetry, featuring the mystical poems...


  • This Year Come to Red Bluff and Celebrate All Fool's Day aka April Fools Day! A Double Header ...


  • Mojo Child at The Dip

    04/01/2017
    08:00PM

    "The Feast is about to begin..." -Jim Morrison Mojo Child delivers Doors music that is fun, en...


  • Clear Creek Wildflowers and Wild Plants

    04/02/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Come walk with David Ledger from the Native Plant Society. Enjoy the beauty of blooming wildflow...


  • Tarzan

    04/02/2017
    02:00PM

    Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock le...


Check out our sister publication, Enjoy Magazine: South Valley Living
Wedding Style Guide 2017
Enjoy Magazine Facebook
Enjoy Magazine Instagram Instagram
Enjoy Magazine Pinterest Enjoy Magazine

Enjoy Our Sponsors