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Reno Expo Silent Auction Raises Over $6,000 For BRC

May 06, 2015 5:14 PM
Daina and Matt Smith at the BRC booth during the Reno Expo.

Daina and Matt Smith at the BRC booth during the Reno Expo.

RENO, NV (May 6, 2015) -- The awesome folks at Lockett Shows (Al and Shirley Lockett, and crew) raised $6,621 to support the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) in its efforts to protect and preserve recreation access. The funds were raised through Silent Auction at the Reno Expo 2015 in Nevada. The Reno Expo is held every year at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and is produced by Lockett Shows. Not just one show, but four great shows, all in one location. The Expo includes the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo, Reno Boat & Recreation, Travel & Vacation Show, Reno Spring Home & Garden Show, and the Reno Pet Show and Pug Parade.

Producing shows since 1967, Al Lockett is no stranger to putting on an entertaining event.  "Adding our support to the BlueRibbon Coalition with our shows is essential in these days to ensure we all have a place to enjoy the great outdoors," said Al. "Thank goodness for our local off-road clubs like the Sierra Stompers," continued Al, "who orchestrated and managed the successful Silent Auction this year for us."

Vendors and manufacturers from all over donated to the Silent Auction to support BRC, with folks like 4Wheel Parts, MetalCloak, SmittyBilt, and many local businesses adding to the goodie pile.  Daina and Matt Smith from the Sierra Stompers 4x4 Club put the Silent Auction together and spent most of the weekend staffing the booth helping folks make bids and support the cause.

The generous contribution from this awesome event has provided an annual contribution for years, and has increased with each passing year. In 2012, for example, the auction raised $1,500, and in 2013 it raised $2,000. This year's total breaks all previous records.

"We can't imagine not supporting our organized recreation groups," said Daina. "Our outdoor fun depends on groups like the BlueRibbon Coalition fighting for our continued access!"

BRC Ambassador Del Albright attended the Expo with Stacie, his wife, and they were hugely impressed with the show and the clubs supporting landuse and access.  "One minute you can watch a fishing demonstration, sniff a new potting soil, then mosey over to discuss access roads to the backcountry with several local 4x4 clubs," said Del.  "It's quite a multi-function show and I was extremely impressed with the turnout and fun had by all."

Stay tuned for the dates for next year's Expo. They ask businesses to consider making a donation of merchandise to be auctioned off during this event. Donations could represent hundreds of dollars in auction funds raised. Al added, "By donating merchandise, you'll be making a contribution that will help the BlueRibbon Coalition continue its mission to represent the interests of responsible recreationist across the country."

Learn more and be part of next year's efforts at

You can contact Lockett Shows at:
PO BOX 17147
Reno, NV  89511
PH: 775-849-8000


The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BLUERIB -

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Some of the many historic OHV routes in the Pine Nut Mountains

BOISE, ID (May 31, 2016) -- Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, today slammed recent decisions that would severely restrict off-highway vehicle (OHV) events and trail improvements in many areas in eastern California and Nevada.  The changes, in the name of sage grouse management, were demanded by a handful of preservationist special interest groups.

November 23, 2015 3:16 PM
Associated Image

MISSOULA, MT (November 23, 2015) --Various organizations, led by the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club, have filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Forest Service planning efforts on the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  The complaint, filed on November 12, 2015, in federal court for the U.S.

November 23, 2015 10:38 AM

POCATELLO, ID (November 23, 2015) – Early last week, the BlueRibbon Coalition/ joined with other recreation groups in a letter sent to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of a balanced approach to managing public lands as part of the Moab Master Leasing Plan.

The letter addressed to BLM serves as formal comments from OHV stakeholders.  It also represents an effort between motorized and non-motorized recreation groups working together for the protection of outdoor recreation resources on public lands.

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