Texas Avid Outdoor Expo, 2022
Doc Rader 09.30.22
While not as large as Overland Expo, Texas Avid Outdoor Expo is more intimate and austere. No hotels are nearby, and the vendors camp in their booths. (Yes, I know some do at the other shows, but this one, all vendors stay on site).
We were fortunate enough to get invited to the show by our friends at Hammer Performance–a custom shop in Sunland Park, NM.
I have avoided attending large organized events and shows for most of my history playing in the off-road space. As I have become more involved in the community aspect, I have come to appreciate the interactions with vendors and the public at shows. Honestly, I didn’t even know some of these small regional shows existed. Which is a shame–Texas Avid has been putting on a show for several years.
The show was only a couple of days–Friday, September 30th, and Saturday, October 1st. I got in late on Thursday, linked up with Lance Levine (and his crew from Hammer), and did the small amount of setup I needed to do–mainly deploy my newly upgraded Conqueror UEV-490 Trailer and put out my table so I could huck my first aid kits.
At night, after the show closed, vendors set up propane fires and unfolded camping chairs, making dinner and drinks. Other vendors would wander in and out of camps and hang out. It was a very relaxed and open atmosphere.
While small, the show still had a large education component and classes continuously running, free for all attendees. We even taught a session on the boring side of medicine, “Hydration, Nutrition, and Hygiene”. A couple of other instructors presented the sexy stuff, like bleeding control and patient assessments.
The vendors at the show ran the gamut from large project builders to freeze-dried food vendors (like Circle JM Farms with spicy freeze-dried skittles–it’s a thing–try it if you get the chance), to large retailers. While there weren’t as many vendors and the show was shorter, the feel was a lot more intimate, and the participants were able to spend more time at each booth.
You are pressed for time at big shows like Overland Expo, trying to see everything and hop in sessions and demos. Learning more about the products and services was much easier with a smaller number of vendors and sessions. And you could actually see everything.
Following are some other pics I took of the event. Having attended a smaller show, I plan to attend more–there are a lot of regional and community differences that are worthwhile.