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Pa. officials: Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show nixed for this year

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 01 2013 07:45:32 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 01 2013 07:45:52 AM CST
Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

A popular Pennsylvania outdoors show that was postponed indefinitely because of a controversy over assault weapons won't be rescheduled this year.

The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show had been set to start Feb. 2 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

But its ban on assault weapons in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting led to a backlash and vendor boycott. Organizers indefinitely postponed the event last month.

On Thursday, state officials who run the Farm Show Complex said the show would not be held this year.

An Agriculture Department spokeswoman tells the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era that officials hope to hold a show of similar size next February.

Reed Exhibitions, which operates the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, could not be reached for comment.