Overland Expo Goes Virtual :: Overland News

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While the Overland Expo West has been delayed to July, the OVEXPO team has stepped up with a virtual event this Saturday. We look forward to seeing what they produce and the exciting content that comes from their new virtual event.

Overland Expo West Goes Virtual
Virtual Overland Expo West pays tribute to West’s traditional mid-May dates, digitally uniting the overlanding community to support Flagstaff-area first responders, organizations, and shelters.

Indianapolis, Indiana — Lodestone Events, producers of the world’s premier overland and adventure travel event series are set to present the first-ever virtual, online edition of Overland Expo West, Saturday, May 16. Virtual Overland Expo will preview the education, short films, roundtables, and exhibitor show specials to be featured at the rescheduled Overland Expo West event to be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, July 24-26, 2020. The virtual event pays tribute to Expo West’s traditional mid-May dates.

“The overlanding community has been incredibly understanding and supportive of our decision to reschedule Overland Expo West due to the novel coronavirus pandemic,” said Lodestone Events Marketing and Communications VP Jessica Kirchner. “We wanted to bring the community together on Expo West’s traditional event weekend and create an environment where fans and sponsors can learn, interact, and get inspired, even if we can’t all be together.”

The Virtual Overland Expo event is a bonus, a free experience for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors alike. However, donations can be made to the Overland Expo Foundation in support of first responders, organizations, and shelters in the Flagstaff, Arizona area, including Threaded Together and Flagstaff Shelter Services.

Just as with the traditional Overland Expo West event, Virtual Overland Expo will include:

  • Overland Education seminars on YouTube will feature a range of topics, including First Aid, Traveling With Your Pet, and Overlanding 101.
  • Roundtable Discussions about overland travel in Mexico
  • Live Backcountry Cooking and mixology demos
  • Product Demonstrations of the latest gear and equipment hosted by Overland Expo West sponsors
  • D.I.Y. Showcase featuring hosted video walkarounds of overland-kitted rigs and motos
  • Fans can participate in the Virtual Campgrounds Contest showcasing their own overland trucks, SUVs, vans, and motorcycles to be featured on www.overlandexpo.com/virtual.
  • Show Specials and Discounts from event exhibitors and sponsors featured on the website
  • Prize Giveaways donated by exhibitors and sponsors will be given away to virtual event participants.
  • Overland Film Festival Preview of short films that will be featured in the Yakima Overland Film Festival in the Winnebago theater at Overland Expo West in July.

Virtual Overland Expo West will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (12 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT) Saturday, May 16, and can be accessed by visiting www.overlandexpo.com/virtual. If you can’t join us live, content will be housed on the virtual event website for later viewing.

About Overland Expo

Founded in 2009, Overland Expo is the world’s premier event series for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts. The event hosts hundreds of session-hours of classes for four-wheel drive and adventure motorcycling, inspirational programs, the Overland Film Festival, roundtable discussions, and demonstrations. Overland Expo features hundreds of vendors of adventure travel equipment, camping gear, bikes, vehicles, and services.

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Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona IG: @scott.a.brady Twitter: @scott_brady