Ark Country Store is gearing up for its fourth Ellis County Wildlife Expo set to take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Tickets are $5 per person at the door, with children 12 and under admitted for free. Free tickets are available through Friday, Aug. 9, at Ark Country Store, Vintage Bank, Waxahachie Autoplex and Landmark Equipment.

Ark Country Store Co-owner Candice Jones invites everyone to come out and hear leading wildlife management experts, see the latest hunting gear, mingle with vendors and enter to win door prizes.

“This is a wonderful event to educate youth and adults on the wildlife industry,” Jones said. “If you’re growing or raising fish, protecting deer or a sportsman of wildlife then this is the event for you.”

Jones said one of the newest attractions would be a fishing pond for children 12 and under.

“The fishing pond will be a really neat thing for the kids to do,” she said. “They can hang out and catch real fish in an air conditioned environment.”

With vendors coming from as far as Houston, Jones said the information people receive on this day will help answer all of their wildlife questions.

One of those anticipated vendors will be Heli-Hunter, a company that was created in 2009 in response to their personal experiences with feral hog property damage. Founded by farmers and ranchers to protect their land as well as their income, Heli-Hunter has grown into one of the busiest aerial hunting companies in Texas.

Chris Meier will have his helicopter there to educate people on the feral hog population, diseases and other problems and methods used to eliminate those problems.

In addition, the “PondBoss” will be on hand to educate those who have ponds or lakes about fish and proper vegetation.

Jones said this is the fourth year they’ve sponsored the event, and each year it has gotten bigger and better.

“We started this about four years ago to provide an educational tool to those in our area about wildlife,” she said. “The first time it was held on a Thursday evening, and there were about 400 people there.”

Since that time, it has grown, because of the need for more education about these matters Jones said.

“It has taken off and grown into the adventure that it is,” she said.

Other vendors attending the event will be Waxahachie Autoplex, displaying the latest trucks and cars; SWFA; Kubota and Landmark Equipment and Chick-fil-A.

For more information about the Wildlife Expo, call Ark Country Store at 972-937-8860.

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