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Big Buck Classic kicks off

Arkansas deer season is wrapping up but not before ramping up for the biggest event of the year. The 19th annual Big Buck Classic kicks off Friday afternoon at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.
Arkansas deer season is wrapping up but not before ramping up for the biggest event of the year.  The 19th annual Big Buck Classic kicks off Friday afternoon at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

Organizers are counting on big crowds even with the down economy.  The faces of Arkansas outdoor sports are on display and mounted on the wall this weekend in Little Rock.

"Come on out, what else is there to do? Super Bowl is not till next weekend," says Dave Corley with the Arkansas Big Buck Classic.

The state fairgrounds is converting to sportsmen central.

"It's probably the biggest in the South,” Corley says.  “The thing about Arkansas is if you want to see the largest deer killed this last season in Barton Coliseum by Saturday afternoon 5 o'clock we'll have all the deer that were killed this year."

Thousands turn out to see it.  In its 19th year, the Big Buck Classic has gone from a one-day show to a full weekend blowout.

"You see the deer and you'll be in awe of how big a deer that was killed last year in Arkansas," Corley says.

It's big business too.  Hundreds of vendors are set up and looking for buyers.  Even if you didn’t bag the big buck this hunting season, vendors are hoping visitors grab their wallet for some big ticket items.

"The vendors are looking for a great show, they said they're discounting their stuff, they're trying to move some material so you might pick up some great deals," Corley says.

A live Bengal tiger will be on display, as well boats, trucks and ATV’s.  There are even a few live deer to check out.  But the big draw will be who takes home the biggest deer kill of 2008.

"Just come out and let yourself go, walk around and see what happens and I guarantee you something out here is going to make you smile," Corley says.

Times are 1pm-8pm on Friday, 9am-8pm on Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, kids under 5 are free.

For more information check out the Big Buck Classic here.
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