Inside Columbia


CoMo Man Show Returns To Boone County For Seventh Year

By Jordan Durham
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Beards, brawn and buffalo sauce describe not all, but much of what you’ll find at this year’s seventh annual CoMo Man Show. With over 100 booths and 60 vendors, men— women and children, too! — will find plenty about hunting, fishing, food, beer, trucks, camping, sports and more.

This year’s event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturday, March 9 and is the first held at the Northeast Event Center, where the Boone County Fair is held, as the event was outgrowing its previous location at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

“We’re excited to be able to expand our event, and the Northeast EventCenter is giving us the opportunity for more interactive exhibits,” says VictoriaBrees, director of events at ZimmerCommunications. “With the larger facility, we can offer more to the community.”

New editions will include John Deere tractors, deputy cars and a monster truck on display with the ability to sit in and ask questions about certain vehicles. One of the grand prizes will include a PrimateGas Griddle/Grill, valued at $1,099.

“It’s been neat to see how in the first couple of years it was ‘here we are,’ ‘here are some tchotchkes,’” says Nathan “Shags”McLeod from 96.7 KCMQ. “Now people are bringing their products, they’re selling their products.”

Along with vendors and booths, the main event occurs at noon, when everyone crowds around the stage to watch self-inflicting sufferers compete in a wing eating contest. Anyone can tempt their tastebuds as long as they are 18 years old and up. A beard contest will also be judged at 2 p.m.

“There’s always something for everyone,” McLeod says. “Just because we mention the outdoors doesn’t mean women aren’t allowed at the show. Some of the ladies are better fishermen than some of the men I know. All are welcome.It’s fun for the whole family.”

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Central MO Honor Flight, as Brees states that Zimmer Communications enjoys supporting local organizations with the nonprofit being one the business feels strongly about. The organization flies veterans to Washington D.C. at no cost for a day of visiting and reflecting at memorials and museums.

WHAT: The CoMo Man Show

WHERE: Northeast Event CenterWHEN10 a.m. — 3 p.m. March 9

COST: $15 – $20 for general admission/$50 for VIP


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