Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo addresses NRA Annual Convention

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 16, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jeff Derouen
(502) 564-2611 Ext. 473

This afternoon, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo spoke to a packed house in Louisville’s International Convention Center to help kick of the 137th annual National Rifle Association Meeting and Exhibit Presentation. Each year, this event brings together thousands of individuals from all walks of life who hold an interest in shooting sports, hunting and outdoor recreation.

Spanning an entire weekend, the convention features over 100 exhibitors and a wide range of speakers and learning opportunities. This year’s event will also be attended by many well-known national figures including former Governor Mike Huckabee, US Congressman Dan Boren, musician Ted Nugent and US Senator John McCain.

“By choosing Louisville as the site of its 2008 convention, the NRA has helped to turn the national eye on Kentucky,” said Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo. “The opportunities for outdoor recreation and sportsmanship across our state are vast. Hopefully those who come to the convention will find some time to explore all the recreational opportunities in and around Louisville and across the State.”

With the recent passage of the Adventure Tourism Bill, Kentucky is poised to become the national leader in destination recreation. From the waterways of Western Kentucky to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, there is an outdoor adventure waiting for everyone from hunting and shooting sports to fishing, biking, hiking, trail-riding and rappelling.

“People from across the nation are beginning to recognize Kentucky for the true outdoors gem that it is,” Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo said. “This convention provides yet another chance for us to show just what a unique and special place we are.”