Prepper Expos – Prepping Gets Popular

Maybe I’ve been out of the loop for awhile.  Maybe I’ve been asleep at the helm.  Maybe the world has just been passing me by, but how it is that I didn’t know about all the prepper expos going on around the country? I was surfing through the news the other day and read a story about an expo that had just ended in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  After reading the article I got curious and did a Google search and bam!  A pile of hits.  If you’re curious you might want to check out Prepper Shows USA to find an expo. Or you might want to check out unknown.Com’s list. If one of these ever comes to Maine, Mass., or Vermont I might have to go check it out.  I’d love to be around that many folks who are all there because they’re preppers. Living in Maine I think a good many people share a little bit of the prepping philosophy because many of them have been stranded at home for a day or two because of the snow.  You’d think that would teach a person a little self reliance.  Usually it does, but I still know people with nothing more than a day’s food in their cupboards.  These are the same folks who say, “Well, if anything happens I’ll just come to your house.” To which I answer, “Fine, as long as you want to work your ass off to help survive.” Anyway, I digress. I can’t imagine being at one of these prepper expos and hearing someone say that.  He or she would probably get their ass kicked back to Mayberry. If we ever have one in Maine I need to look into setting up a booth for SHTF Blog.  How much fun would that be?  Hanging out while all you secret readers popped in to say hi to me and Road Warrior.  (I doubt Calamity Jane would drive too far from her doomstead in Idaho.) I could run some Land Nav courses and Road Warrior could do some cool gun stuff.  I’d do it just to meet lots of awesome people. Anybody out there been to one of these expos?  If so please let me know what it was like in the comments section or email me at Questions?  Comments?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor

39 comments… add one
  • Roseman April 14, 2014, 7:26 am

    Wait, I thought CJ was in Iowa.
    I as well would like to attend one of those events.

  • Neil TheSane April 14, 2014, 8:06 am

    I looked and saw one a short 3 hr drive from me. Better Half is interested so we’ll do a one day event and report back. I’m intrigued by this. Plus kinda from a social perspective see what types of people that are like minded. Should be fun.


    • Jarhead Survivor April 14, 2014, 2:27 pm

      Let me know how it goes if you attend, would you? Sounds like fun.

  • NoSox April 14, 2014, 9:40 am

    I’ve seen the advertising for a few here in my area. Either I or my wife see them late but we’re gonna attend the next one to check it out. I can imagine there would be tons of gadget and gear vendors and freeze dried food galore. I’ve heard of classes being held at them and things of that nature. Looking forward to checking them out.

    • Jarhead Survivor April 14, 2014, 3:34 pm

      I’d like to know what kind of classes they’d hold there. If you find out shoot me an email?

      • NoSox April 15, 2014, 9:58 am

        Email Sent!

  • Pineslayer April 14, 2014, 10:39 am

    I have seen them advertised about an hour’s drive away. Seems like I just haven’t been motivated enough to make the journey. I went to a Homestead fair this weekend, small turnout, but they are just getting started. Chickens, ducks, turkey’s, and rabbits to be bought. I picked up some eggs, goose eggs that were big enough to feed the family. Met some really nice people.

    • Jarhead Survivor April 14, 2014, 3:42 pm

      Sounds a little like the Common Ground Fair here in Maine. The fair has really gotten big though!

  • kevin April 14, 2014, 10:48 am

    I see a lot of states that don’t have any that sucks I wish there was one in ny state

  • Kestrel April 14, 2014, 11:11 am

    Went to the Self Reliance Expo in Denver last fall. It was awesome! Lots of cool gadgets, hydroponics, aquaponics, water storage & purification solutions, food, knives, alternative medicine (herbs, essential oils, homeopathy), alternative building solutions, books of all kinds, medical supplies, backpacks, solar power, gunsmithing info, alternative defense stuff (pepper spray, stun guns, etc.), lots of demonstrations and more. Very interesting to see who showed up. Yes, there were quite a few preppers, but also lots of “looky loos” who really didn’t have a clue and were clearly overwhelmed. Great opportunity to educate the sheeple and hopefully have fewer unprepared showing up at MY house when the SHTF.
    If you get a chance to go to one, I would definitely go!

    • Jarhead Survivor April 14, 2014, 3:44 pm

      Great point about educating those who might show up at your house after TSHTF. I hadn’t thought of that angle.

      Sounds like a good time.

    • NoSox April 15, 2014, 3:08 pm

      Glad to hear that because I plan on attending the event this year.

  • irishdutchuncle April 14, 2014, 11:34 am

    I don’t know for sure, I think we always had these events. we called them: “gun show”.
    I’m glad to see the preparedness side expanded because the non gunners desperately need to find out about this. they’re beginning to see the clouds. (remember: Noah built the ark, before it started raining)

    • irishdutchuncle April 14, 2014, 12:10 pm

      … and otherwise they might be getting their information from the
      “Mother Earth News”.
      (I prefer “Backwoods Home” myself)

      • irishdutchuncle April 14, 2014, 11:32 pm

        … “Life After The Oil Crash” seems to have vanished from the web. there was a whole alternative universe of preparers a few years back. (did they all suddenly stop worrying? is their home world that much more sustainable than ours…?
        I didn’t think so, but hey, I’ve been wrong more than once…)

    • Jason April 14, 2014, 5:05 pm

      Remember, it took Noah 100+ years to built the arc.

      • irishdutchuncle April 14, 2014, 6:18 pm

        but then again, he didn’t have the internet, or the other distractions of modern life that we all deal with.

  • ArmyVet April 14, 2014, 12:07 pm

    I’ve never heard of such events, but will be looking out for them during my travels.

    Rather than wait for an event to come to you, why don’t you become pro-active and try to get one in your area. I’m certain there are enough like-minded folks in New England to make a venue up there appealing. Just a thought.

    • Jarhead Survivor April 14, 2014, 3:45 pm

      Not a bad idea. I have NO idea how to organize something like that though and I don’t have the funding. I will look into it though because now I’m curious. Thanks for the idea.

      • ArmyVet April 15, 2014, 12:08 am

        I would think you could start by contacting the organizers of other shows/expos. I wasn’t suggesting that you organize a show; though that might not be that difficult (I have NO idea). As resourceful as you Jarheads are, not much can’t be overcome. Carry on my brother-in-arms.

      • Don April 16, 2014, 2:21 pm

        Maybe just have a booth at a Gun show. I am pretty sure that’s how these got started. Then they just started calling them Prepper or Self Reliance expos, just to be more politically sensitive.

  • riverrider April 14, 2014, 12:57 pm

    there’s even one in tiny new castle, va…. april 19th though.

  • Prepared Associates April 14, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Email inbound.

  • Noisynick April 14, 2014, 6:52 pm

    I’ve been to the tulsa Ok prepper expo as well as the one in Springfield Mo.
    There lots of Great gadgets for prepping and or camping for that matter. the one in Springfield was 2 days and they had back to back speakers the whole time. All were people I had read about or heard of on the web….. Several in my group went and all of us came back with different views from I wouldn’t go back to Learned alot.
    There alot like gun shows in theres lots of vendors and there all competeing for dollars. Personally I would go back because the few things I hadn’t seen or heard of might make a difference to my success in a SHTF situation. Can’t afford to not if you know what I mean. And it Fun to rub elbows with like minded folks….

  • Chuck Findlay April 15, 2014, 3:58 am

    These can be good things to go to as long as you keep in mind that being prepared is not about the latest thing to buy. My guess is that a lot of these events have more to do with sales of the latest whatever new toys then they do about actually being ready for bad times. Don’t get my meaning wrong in that the latest gadgets aren’t nice as We all love Amazon and the toys the Brown Santa brings us. But our grandparents didn’t have prepper shows and UPS to sell and bring them the latest survival toys and they survived and were better prepared then most preppers today.

    With that being said, if a prepper show is close to my location I would go, but I don’t think that I would walk away with a big bag of trinkets.


  • Chuck Findlay April 15, 2014, 4:08 am

    Least we not forget that the current government mentality sees preppers as domestic terrorist and going to an event (parking where your licence plate can be seen, photographed) could put you on even more list that we probably don’t want to be on. We are on enough of them already. Part well away from said event and walk in and buy things with cash and don’t enter any lottery type of events (those boxes where you put your name on a card in hopes of getting some item for free.) that are really nothing more then a way to get your personal information. .

    Anyone else getting snow today? It was 72 here yesterday, and now at 4-AM as I look out the window everything is covered in a blanket of white. I’ve had my fill of winter…


    • Kestrel April 15, 2014, 10:48 am

      I agree with you Chuck, on both counts. I was not looking for the latest and greatest toys to buy (fully stocked bug out vehicle, anyone?). I was looking for ideas and information. I found it really interesting to talk to the vendors. Got great information on solar, wind, aquaponics and hydroponics and alternative building methods, all areas we are looking at getting into or expanding. However, I am NOT spending $10,000 on one small hydroponic set up! We, however, check it out very carefully and figure out how to build one ourselves. Maybe not a pretty, but just as functional.
      We also parked a ways away (at the circus they were having down the block!) and paid only cash. I took lots of business cards and pamphlets, but left no information behind. Not perfect, since just showing up could label you, but I figured it was worth the risk to get ideas.
      Use your best judgement. I try to balance OPSEC with gathering as much information and knowledge as I can. It was really fun to talk to other preppers!

    • irishdutchuncle April 16, 2014, 4:31 am

      … and I’m not just worried about government actors. a few months back, newspapers were publishing the names and addresses of carry permit holders. (until gun rights people began to publicize the addresses of newspaper editors/publishers)
      while some of us may be “characters”, (myself included) there are some real wackos out there that don’t like how we think,
      or what we do.

  • smokechecktim April 15, 2014, 11:20 am

    I’m probably on several of the gov’s lists…1. I’m a vet and you know those guys are all ticking time bombs….2. I own more then one gun so I must be some sort of gun nut job….3. I have ammo for all those guns….4. I stockpile food.

  • Corien April 15, 2014, 2:40 pm

    I saw the one in Tulsa as I was on the way in to Wanenmacher’s. [] I would have gone but I couldn’t miss the biggest gun show of the year. Bad scheduling in my opinion.

  • Road Warrior April 15, 2014, 8:09 pm

    Game on!!

    I’d love to get something like that together. Even if it starts small in a flea-market type environment, you know? Or a skill-building expo/get together of sorts?

    • irishdutchuncle April 16, 2014, 3:57 am

      a regular schedule of larger events, seems like a natural outgrowth, from the upcoming skills challenge. (if this one is well attended) is there a Prepared Associates press release for next months event? (and is that a good idea?)

      • Road Warrior April 16, 2014, 4:39 am

        I can definitely see Prepared Associates taking this to that sort of level…that’s his plan, after all. Stuart hosts monthly meet-ups where he teaches whoever shows up a designated skill. It’s pretty cool.

        As for the press release, I think he just has what’s on his website and the YouTube teaser that I highlighted in the original post.

        • irishdutchuncle April 16, 2014, 5:31 am

          I agree it’s cool.
          do you think that most preppers would want to attend an
          “event”, or is the downside of potentially “outing” themselves too much to overcome?

  • Don April 16, 2014, 3:38 pm

    If anyone attends these events, remember that some of the venders may also have store front locations nearby. I attended a small event near Fort Worth Tx a few years ago, then took a short drive over to Cheaper Than Dirt to buy ammo and magazines there. ended up calling friends form my group asking if they wanted me to pick up items for them. Drove back to Oklahoma with the SUV full of stuff.

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    Ideal principle. I can’t hesitate. Owing on your own & I pray that every & each function is stored safe and sound.


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