FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) welcomes The All American Tattoo Convention to the Crown Complex Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017. The goal of the convention is to give the brave servicemen and women of the armed forces the opportunity to be tattooed by some of the industry’s brightest stars as well as providing support to the military through donations to several organizations. Home of Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the country, Cumberland County is the ideal location to host one of the South’s most popular tattoo conventions.
Members of the armed forces and tattoos have a long history, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. For many service members tattoos can serve as artistic reminders of friends they’ve made and lost along the way, or a symbol of pride for their service to our country. These tattoos often tell the story that words fail to express for these veterans and servicemen.
It is estimated that over 75% of all active duty soldiers have at least one tattoo and the region around Fort Bragg has one of the largest tattoo shop per square mile ratios in the country. “This convention is another example of how Cumberland County celebrates its strong ties to the military,” explains John Meroski, FACVB President. “Tattoos offer these brave men and woman a unique form of expression that is American at its core.”
In addition to some of Cumberland County’s brightest tattoo stars, other notable artists are traveling across the country to participate in the convention. Talent includes veteran tattoo artists Peter Justice, Chris Saint Clark, Dave Clarke & Chris Blinston as well as some of the world’s most sought after tattoo artists, Kristel Oreto, Carl Grace, Pete Terranova & Marshall Bennett. Big Gus & Jasmine Rodriguez from Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares; Joey Tattoo from Spike TV’s Tattoo Rescue and James Vaughn, Madison Loftis and TJ Hal from Ink Master are just a few of the other tattoo artists coming to the area. Additional events and personalities include the Half Pint Brawlers, The New Olde City SideShow, Burlesque & Pin-Up show, Fayetteville Rouge Rollergirls and EmCee Dr. Carl Blasphemy.
The All American Tattoo Convention wants to recognize the sacrifices of the military by giving back to this courageous community. “The All American Tattoo Convention is currently working closely with Operation Tattooing Freedom, a non profit organization that helps veterans with PTSD.” says Ryan Harrell who is a native of Fayetteville NC. “Even though we are already working with nonprofits we are still looking for organizations to help. We want to help as many of our service members as possible. If you would like to submit your veteran or military service member non profit organization for donations please email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
ABOUT THE FACVB: The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning the communities of Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual and group travel. For additional information about America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217
Parents can attend any one of the following registration sites from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the designated dates:
Date Attendance Area Location
Friday, Feb. 24 Douglas Byrd *ERC
Friday, March 3 Gray’s Creek/Jack Britt/South View Gray’s Creek Recreation Center
Friday, March 10 Pine Forest/E.E. Smith College Lakes Recreation Center
Friday, March 17 Seventy-First/Westover Westover Recreation Center
Friday, March 24 Cape Fear Eastover Recreation Center
* ERC is CCS’ Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive/Fayetteville.
Applicants must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017, to register.
They must reside in Cumberland County.
Parents should bring the following information:
Certified birth certificate, shot record, current utility bill (gas, water, lights ONLY), proof of income, court-ordered custody papers or military special power of attorney & TDY/Deployment Orders (if applicable), and parent/guardian’s valid driver’s license/state ID.
For more information, call 910.483.7370.
9th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Moves to Fayetteville
Crown Arena to Host March 17-19
Fayetteville, NC – The 9th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo promises to be better than ever with a move to the Crown Arena in Fayetteville. We needed additional space to offer more vendors and provide free parking for all attendees,” says event organizer WC Lanier.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find lots to enjoy during the three day show: hunting and fishing exhibitions, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, contests and archery demonstrations.
A few special features during the show:
- An interactive archery range
- Birds of prey demonstrations
- Appraisals of antique tackle rods and tackle boxes from Carolina Tackle Collectors
- Fly fishing and kayaking demonstrations
- Moon Shadow Rescue Wolves from Newell Farms (Warrenton, NC) in attendance.
Expo hours are Friday and Saturday, March 17/18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday March 19th, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and older and military. Children 10 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
About the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo
The mission of the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is to encourage youth to enjoy the great outdoors through hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports and to heighten public awareness of our natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources. For more information, visit www.CapeFearWildlifeExpo.com or call 910-795-0292.
ABOUT THE FACVB
The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.