Reno Tahoe Welcomes Wild Sheep Foundation

2012-01-19

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority  is pleased to welcome the 2012 Wild Sheep Foundation’s Annual Sheep Show to Reno Tahoe USA.   The Wild Sheep Foundation has confirmed the return of its convention and international sporting expo, “Sheep Show,” to Reno for 2013 through 2016.   "We’re grateful to be a part of Nevada’s efforts,” said Gray N. Thornton, WSF President and CEO. “Our 2011 convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort was a grand success for our exhibitors, attendees and WSF conservation funding goals, generating a 43% net increase over the 2010 event."   WSF is the largest conservation and mountain hunting convention and recently helped reintroduce desert bighorn sheep in the Virginia Mountain Range of Northern Nevada in cooperation with conservation partners Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. It’s the first step in an effort to re-establish a population of Nevada’s state animal in this range for the first time since the 1880’s.   The organization estimates that more than 5,000 participants will attend the show. The hotel partner for the convention is the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The 2012 event marks the 17th time the group has visited Reno. It is the third time the group will utilize the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, due to continued growth.   The three-day convention and expo is open to the public, Thursday through Saturday, January 19-21 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.   Daily admission is only $10 with $5 off coupons available at Reno-Sparks Cabela’s, Scheels, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and Scolari’s Food and Drug Company stores.   With the support of auction bidders, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and donors, the WSF expects to raise more than $5 million in gross revenue to help wild sheep, and other wildlife across North America and around the globe. For a complete listing of the special sheep and other permits offered visit www.wildsheepfoundation.org.