21st Annual Open House

21st Annual Open House


January 28th & 29th, 2022

During the past 21 years, this event has continued to grow annually. Approximately 9 years ago, Sheriff Ray Cross and the Dade County Sheriff’s Office (D.C.S.O.) joined Wes Hixon’s Outdoor Adventures (W.H.O.A.) in hosting this event. Quickly, yet conservatively, these combined efforts have generated much needed funds to assist the Children’s Advocacy Center, Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home, Savannah’s Canopy, Purple Heart Wounded Warriors, Celebrate Recovery Ministries, Major Tommy Bradford’s recovery fund Southeastern Guide Dog School, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and more.

By popular request this year’s event will again be hosted at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center, One Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Visit https://chattanoogaconventioncenter.org/. Our event will take place in Halls C & D with 36,000 square feet of floor space for you to enjoy sitting down and personally visiting with our many exhibitors and viewing their products and services. Many of our attendees and guests travel great distances to take part in and enjoy this event. We have two host hotels with very special room rates for our exhibitors and guest adjacent to the Convention Center: The Marriott and Staybridge Suites.

We greatly appreciate both of these wonderful hotels blocking rooms for our event again this year. Please contact them as quickly as possible to reserve your rooms… Above all make sure you tell them you are attending our event.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Southeastern Guide Dogs Organization (https://www.guidedogs.org/).  Southeastern Guide Dogs Organization provides highly trained service dogs for Veterans with PTSD, hearing, vison, and balance issues. They also provide companion dogs for children with vision loss or other needs, as well as their Gold Star family dogs for children who have lost a parent in the military. Since joining this event, the D.C.S.O. and its police officers have given so freely to make this event safe and successful. We are proud to “BACK THE BLUE”, and “DEFEND NOT DEFUND” our sheriffs’ department. This year’s event will be used to purchase much needed equipment for the D.C.S.O. and support special interest projects in our community!!

Friday, January 28… Exhibits will open to the public at 1:00 pm and close at 6:30 pm… Fiesta starts at 6:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall. Come enjoy some fine Mexican cuisine, relax, unwind, visit with friends, and dance to the many tunes of the fabulous Beaters Band – Chattanooga’s number one dance band for the past 36 years.

Saturday, January 29… Exhibits will open to the public at 10:00 am and remain open until 6:00 pm… Our grand finale dinner and live auction begins at 6:15 pm. Gold Circle reserve tables that seat and save 8 guest dinners cost $500.00. All reserved tables will be entered in our special grand prize drawing. General admission designated seating tickets and dinner are $50.00 per person.

All contributions, donations and payments are made to the D.C.S.O. Annual Fundraiser, a 501 C-3 not for profit organization. Contact Carolyn Bradford Lane or Cyndi Thurman at the Dade County Sheriff’s Office, 706-657-3233. Email, clane@dadesheriff.com, cthurman@dadesheriff.com or Wes Hixon’s Outdoors office at 706-657-3527, email weshixon@weshixon.com.  Log on to  https://weshixon.com/news-and-events/ or Dade county Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for additional details.

2021 Open House Pictures

The following exhibitors have confirmed they will be attending our event.

As of August 6, 2021, the following exhibitors have confirmed they will be attending our event. “Unless Covid-19 Restrictions” prevent their attending!!

  • Johan Calitz, Photographic and Hunting Safaris, Botswana, Africa
  • John Sharp, Zimbabwe, Africa
  • Klint Graf, Texas, The World’s Finest Whitetail Deer Hunting
  • Rick Navarrete Outfitting, Colorado, New Mexico & Old Mexico
  • Eric Hammit, Ohio Trophy Whitetails
  • Swarovski Optik, North America, Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Celeste Paredes, La Pampa, Argentina
  • Jorge Guerra, Argentina
  • Ursula Marais, Tropic Star Lodge, Panama, Central America
  • John Tolmay, Bronze Africa Company, Montana
  • Mark Bernegger, Sportsman’s Condo, West Point, Mississippi
  • Long Auto Group…Mercedes Benz, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Genesis, Hyundai, and Volvo
  • Kent Huff, Glacier Bay Eagles Nest Lodge, Alaska
  • Rick Shoup, Fishing Guide Service… “Catching What Makes You Happy!”
  • Mike Wilson, Wilson Custom Knives, Hayesville, North Carolina
  • Gary Duffey, John Rigby and Company, London
  • Boyt Harness Company – Gun cases, duffels, shooting accessories & clothing.
  • Quality Tire Company, Chattanooga, TN
  • Christensen Arms Custom Firearms, Gunnison, Utah
  • Flying H Ranch, Bighorn, Wyoming
  • Anthony Vonruden, Montana, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Black Bear, Turkeys & Upland Bird Hunting
  • Dalton Moeller, Ridgetrack Guide & Outfitting, Colorado & New Mexico
  • Wet Company, Hotsy Steam Cleaners
  • Kubota of Chattanooga
  • GT Distributors, Americas Public Safety Specialist, Glock, Safariland, Aim Point, Hornady, Streamlight, Federal,
  • Ruger, Colt and much more, Rossville, Georgia.
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs Organization, Palmetto, Florida
  • Michael Coppersmith, Coppersmith Company, Atlanta Georgia
  • Tim & Sally Reid, As the Wood Turns
  • Center for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala
  • Patrick Brown, Amazon Peacock Bass, Argentina Wingshooting and more
  • John & Bradly, Safariland Outfitters, Musina, South Africa
  • Peter Chipman, Kwalata Safaris Zambia, Africa
  • Larry Brown, Choo Choo Kettle Corn
  • George Deloch, Namibia
  • Alex & Cheryl Monahon, New Zealand
  • Michael Young, British Columbia, Canada
  • Marcelo Silva, Uruguay
  • Peter Stewart, International award-winning Wildlife Artist, Durban, South Africa

Our list is changing daily!!

Silent Auctions, Live Auctions, Raffles, Drawings, Door Prizes, Great Food, And Fun!!!

For additional information visit: https://weshixon.com/news-and-events/ or call 706-657-3527.Email: weshixon@weshixon.com