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Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is joining with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Knott County Tourism Commission to sponsor a Kentucky Elk Country Expo at the Knott County Sportsplex near Hindman on September 12-13.

The Expo, just off KY 80 east of Hindman, will feature outdoor sports-related vendors, hunting and fishing guides, outfitters, educational seminars and activities, music by the Moron Brothers and makes optimum use of its location in the heart of Kentucky’s 16-county elk restoration zone with guided elk tours.

“Kentucky Afield” television host Tim Farmer will be on hand both days. The Knott County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an antler-scoring contest for shed and legally harvested deer and elk. First and second place prizes in each category will be awarded.

Both days also feature an archery shoot for ages 8 and up. Saturday’s activities include the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Brent McCarty with birds of prey, and Kentucky Big Game Coordinator Tina Brunjes’ presentation on the history of the state’s successful elk restoration program.

Elk tours cost $10 a person. Call (606) 785-5881 to register for a tour. Friday’s tour departs the Sportsplex at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s tour departs at 6:30 a.m.

Special invitations have been extended to the 400 successful applicants participating in this year’s elk hunt drawing. Admission is free for students, teachers and school principals who register at the door. For other adults and children, the cost is $5 and $3, respectively. Admission is free for children under 12.

The Expo concludes with a Saturday evening banquet at the First Federal Center at Hazard Community and Technical College. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with a live auction at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to 250 and advance reservations can be made by calling Perry County Tourism at (606) 487-1580. The cost is $30 for adults. Children under 10 are free.

For more information about the Expo, visit http://trailsrus.com/elk/2008expo.html on the Internet.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has an economic impact to the state of $4.7 billion annually. For more information on the department, visit our web site at fw.ky.gov .