ROSSFORD - According to a report by the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation, if the $76 billion sportsmen spend nationally on hunting and fishing were the gross domestic product of a country, sportsmen as a nation would rank 57 out of 181 countries. Clearly, the economic impact of sportsmen is a force to be reckoned with.
In fact, in many states, sportsmen spend more money, support more jobs and pay more taxes than most industries and attractions in the state. For example, in Ohio annual spending by 1.5 million hunters and anglers ($1.9 billion) is more than the cash receipts for soybeans--the state’s most valuable agricultural commodity ($1.2 billion). Sportsmen support as many jobs in Ohio as the combined employment of the Ohio State University and Proctor and Gamble, two of the state’s largest employers (33,000). And, more people hunt and fish in Ohio than attend Cleveland Cavaliers and Cincinnati Bengals games (1.5 million vs. 1.4 million).
That spending results in some $934 million paid in salaries and wages, $202 million in Federal taxes, and $195 million in state and local taxes. The ripple effect is calculated at $3.1 billion. (Statistics are from the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation report “Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy ~ A force as big as all outdoors.” It can be accessed online at www.sportsmenslink.org)
These are big numbers.
The Bass Pro Shops Spring Fishing Classic, being held through March 15, is expected to attract some 150,000 people throughout the 17-day event. Some of these same people will spend money at other Rossford area merchants for hotels, gas, restaurants and other retailers—all part of the ripple effect sportsmen help bring to an area.
Visitors to the store located at 10000 Bass Pro Blvd. will find new fishing products, live demonstrations, new tips and techniques to learn, music and entertainment, boat shows, fun kids’ events, and, best of all – it’s all free.
Other special events include:
• Boat Show through March 11. See everything from big water boats to small fishing, canoeing and even kayaking boats..
• Kids Events: Kids can get into the spirit of the outdoors with plenty of events geared for them during the Spring Classic.
Visitors can also register to win the Outdoor Legends Sweepstakes, where you get to spend fishing time with Jimmy Houston, Bill Dance and Roland Martin, or a $500-value fishing package being given away that includes a Johnny Morris Signature Series Baitcasting Combo. (Contest rules: Customers must register to win the Outdoor Legends Sweepstakes or the $500 value First Prize. The Grand Prize of fishing time with Jimmy Houston, Bill Danceand Roland Martin on Jimmy Houston’s ranch will be awarded to one winner selected nationally and includes airfare to Dallas. Fifty first prize winners will be selected (one per store) and awarded a $500 retail value including a Johnny Morris Signature Series baitcast combo. No purchase is necessary to enter or claim the prize. The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry.