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Pee Dee Outdoor Classic offers plenty to see at Florence Center

March 9, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The first Pee Dee Outdoor Classic continues today and Sunday at the Florence Center featuring everything outdoors.

Event coordinators say the Outdoor Classic has everything for the outdoor enthusiast from boats and RVs to fishing, hunting and camping equipment to puppies and corn snakes. There is a lot to see and do.

“Whether for work, hobby, or passion, the Pee Dee Outdoor Classic brings all aspects of outdoor life to one location filled with products, services, and entertainment for any outdoor enthusiast,” according to an annoucement about the event.

Nick Hooker with the Florence Center said there was a similar event, the Pee Dee Deer Classic, a few years ago that was popular with hunters, but its organizers stopped having it.

He said there was a void to fill. He said people kept asking for it, and the organizers decided to put together an event that included more than things of interest to hunters but to all outdoors men and women to see if it is a good fit.

“We’re talking everything outdoors and I mean everything,” said Brian Davison, director of sales at the Florence Center. “We’ll certainly have plenty of hunting and fishing, but way more items and vendors too like paddle boards, bicycles, mosquito services, golf, and the list goes on.”

The expo includes camping gear, sporting goods, ATVs, guides and services, archery, kayaks, recreational vehicles, hunting, paddle boards, fishing equipment, seminars and demonstrations. There are pony rides for the children..

A few special attractions include a large canine aquatic pool. DockDogs , a canine aquatics competition, will share the latest tips, tricks and advice from the dock. Attendees can see a live demonstration and training at the DockDogs aquatic pool on-site.

Tyler Wright gives a live falconry demonstration in one seminar. He also gives a snake presentation to educate people about the benefits of snakes in the area.

John Tanner custom makes duck and turkey calls. He is from Indiantown, North Carolina. He said he decided to give the expo a try.

Jessica Lowery was in town with her Power of Elderberries display. She is from Myrtle Beach. She said elderberry syrup is good for a host of things including coughs, colds, flu, allergies and more.

There are food vendors and prizes, too.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for ages 7-12. Youth under six years of age are free.

Show hours Saturday are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be found on the event website at peedeeoutdoorclassic.com . The Florence Center is at 3300 W. Radio Drive in Florence.