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Texas receives an overland event of its own.

Over the past few years the overlanding scene has truly exploded, giving life to new events all across the country. Yet, despite the large number of enthusiasts in the central U.S., these expos and rallies seem to be concentrated solely along the East and West coasts, leaving those of us in the middle without many options—at least until now. On October 13, the fourth annual Fall Outdoor Expo launches at Oxford Ranch Campgrounds in Llano, Texas, and for the first time it will be a true overlanding event.

We have seen an explosion of growth in the overland community here in Texas; this in spite of the lack of public lands to explore. With this growth we have additionally seen more and more businesses that cater to this lifestyle. After the success of last year’s Expo in terms of overland participation, it became clear that getting these two groups together was the next big step. – Frank Albarado

So what can you expect out of this event? Well for starters it will last 3 days, and attendees can receive training in first aid, vehicle recovery, route planning, and photography. There’s a climbing wall, guided trail run, camp coffee contest, Dutch oven cooking competitions, a Tread Lightly course, and a huge swap meet where enthusiasts can buy and sell gear. There’s also an ever-growing list of vendors, and big giveaways from companies like Trasharoo, YETI coolers, Mountain Khakis, Oztent, Whole Earth Provisions, Treaty Oak Offroad, and BK Kustomz.

If you aren’t interested yet, then here’s the real hook: it’s free, or almost. The only fee is for entrance to the Oxford Ranch Campground, where the event is hosted, and it will cost just $8. On the upside, that buys you camping for the event if you wish to stay. Since it begins less than a week from today time is short, so be sure to check out the details and get ready to head for the hill country. We will see you there!

To find out more information on this cool event, or let them know you’re coming, check out their website here.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.