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 14 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. Back by popular request, the Big Buck Bonus Grand Prize will be a 2-Story Log Cabin! The evening’s festivities conclude with the 50/50 drawing (2016: $100,000+), 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 (2016: $226,000+) 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 order by February 28th, 2017, you will receive a discounted rate of $90 on your camping preorder, only available online or by calling the ticket hotline (740) 435-9500. On Thursday night, we also have the campground party, with stage shows, celebrities, games, contests, music and more on Thursday August 3rd, 2017.

Deerassic Classic Giveaway and Outdoor Expo tickets are available by calling the park (740) 435-9500, on our website, 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 stub tickets, for $200 (a $300 value if purchased separately). New this year is the side raffle combo, which is three of the side raffle packages (a $150 value) on sale for $100, this ticket combo does not include admission to the event. 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 or allowed to be present on the grounds.

Remember to get your Gold Combo by February 28th, 2017 to be entered into the Super Early Bird Drawing (50 extra chances at $500) and by May 31st, 2017 to be entered into the Extended Early Bird Drawing (50 extra chances at $250). This year, only Gold Combo purchasers will be entered into the Super Early Bird and Extended Early Bird Drawings.