CAMBRIDGE, OH – The most unique outdoor event in the country has to be the Deerassic Classic Giveaway and Outdoor Expo held annually in Cambridge, Ohio. Part trade show, part charity raffle and a mostly just a really good time; the Deerassic Classic Giveaway and Outdoor Expo is the annual fundraiser held by the National Whitetail Deer Education Foundation. This two day event, held annually for the past twelve years, is an opportunity for supporters of outdoor education to gather for one cause, providing youth & family educational programs.
The Deerassic Classic Giveaway & Outdoor Expo officially begins on the first Friday in August. With gates opening at noon, it’s a race for patrons (some of who have been in line since midnight) to pick out their perfect spot for their pop-up tent to spend the rest of the event. For others, who come in a little later, there is still plenty of seating available.
Throughout the day Friday, there are side raffles, mystery safe raffles, food and drinks, stage shows, celebrities to meet and vendors to visit. At six o’clock, the Big Buck Bonus Raffle begins, with 101 prizes being awarded including, trucks, cars, side by sides, firearms, bows hunts, vacations and of course, cold hard cash. The evening’s festivities conclude with the 50/50 drawing (2015: $94,000+), and a concert to enjoy.
Saturday follows a similar course; however it is on a much bigger scale. The Classic prize list includes many of the same types of prizes as the Big Buck Bonus, with the drawing starting at noon. For the next seven hours, a prize is drawn every 2 minutes. On the side stages the Loot & Shoot, Cold Hard Cash and Locked and Loaded are being drawn. At 8:00 the Saturday 50/50 drawing (2015: $250,000) is held, followed by a concert.
For those people who are looking for a place to stay during the event, there is camping available on the property. Camping passes for the week before and including through the Classic are $100. If you get here and set up early, you will receive $25 in Deerassic Bucks, gift certificates that are available for use with our vendors throughout the event. On Thursday night, we also have the campground party, with stage shows, celebrities, games, contests, music and more.
Deerassic Classic Giveaway and Outdoor Expo tickets are available by calling the park (740) 435-9500, on our website www.deerassic.com, or through a local ticket agent listed on the website. Tickets start at $50 for the Big Buck Bonus which includes admission on Friday. The Classic Ticket for $100 includes admission on Saturday and a meal. Loot & Shoot, Cold Hard Cash and Locked and Loaded tickets are also for sale at $25 each or 3/$50. The most popular by far however is the Gold Combo which includes your Classic, Big Buck Bonus and 3 each of the other tickets, for $200 (a $300 value if purchased separately). Ticket sales of the Classic and the Big Buck Bonus raffles are limited to the first 10,000 purchasers. We do sell out and tickets will most likely not be available the day of the event. While the proceeds from this event fund youth education initiatives, this event is limited to ages 18 and older. No one under 18 will be admitted to the show.