Cody, Wyoming USA – September 30, 2008. The Board of Directors of the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF), formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, voted unanimously during their September Board meeting to return “The Sheep Show” to Reno, Nevada for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Wild Sheep Foundation conventions.
“Sheep and mountain hunting enthusiasts worldwide labeled the FNAWS convention The Sheep Show for years and most consider Reno, Nevada the convention’s home.” Gray Thornton, the Foundation’s President and CEO stated about the move. “More dollars have been raised in Reno by FNAWS/WSF for wild sheep conservation than anywhere in North America – our members love Reno and Reno loves the Wild Sheep Foundation. We are thrilled to return to Reno in 2010, stay through 2012, and will launch an aggressive marketing campaign to host the finest sheep and mountain hunting convention in the world” Thornton added.
“We surveyed our membership in July and August and they responded by a 2 to 1 margin that they prefer Reno over other convention cities. While we have enjoyed hosting the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE) in Salt Lake City with our colleagues The Mule Deer Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and expect a record breaking WHCE in February of 2009, our return to Reno in 2010 reflects a new strategic direction for the Foundation” WSF Chairman, Louis Rupp noted.
WSF has entered into a three year agreement with the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority for the 2010-2012 conventions which includes joint marketing of the WSF events. The Silver Legacy Resort was selected as the host hotel for the 2010 and 2011 conventions with negotiations with additional Reno properties in process.
2009-2012 Expo Dates, Venues & WSF Host Hotels:
- February 5-8, 2009 Salt Palace Convention Center and Marriott Hotel Western Hunting & Conservation Expo – Salt Lake City, UT
- February 4-6, 2010 Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort
- February 10-13, 2011 Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort
- February 9-12, 2012 Reno-Sparks Convention Center & TBD
Since forming in 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation and its chapters have raised and expended more than $70 million on programs benefiting wild sheep, other wildlife and their critical habitat. For more information on the Wild Sheep Foundation, their many programs or the February 5-8, 2009 convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, please visit www.wildsheepfoundation.org or contact the Cody office at 720 Allen Avenue, Cody, Wyoming 82414 USA. Telephone 307-527-6261.