The main parking lot at Yavapai College was buzzing with activity Saturday. Several activities andbooths were set up around the space including a rock climbing wall, bull riding, and archery. Tasty food trucks were set up at the event and the smell of BBQ wafted on the air. The theme of this event was very clearly geared toward men and boys. The 8th annual Get Real Men’s Expo was attended by all ages. Boys, teens, and men all tried their hand at archery while others attempted to hang onto the mechanical bulls or tried tomahawk throwing. Demonstrations and exhibits all geared toward males included a new car show, an antique car show, chainsaw art carving, and Yavapai College drone and auto mechanics experts. As the day marched toward lunch time, food truck lines built up with men all waiting for their chance at a tasty and manly meal.
Around eleven the majority of attendees made their way inside the theater of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center to see a church worship band who opened for America’s minister of encouragement, funny man, Dennis Swanberg. This gentleman shares many stories with his audience and has a tremendous sense of humor in his stories. The audience enjoyed his delivery and laughter filled the air during his routine.
There is more to the Get Real Men’s Expo that just an activity for men to go out and be manly. This event was designed to help “plug-in Christian men with each other and local churches.” The goal for the organizers of this event is to make it possible for men to see that they do not have to walk through life alone and that others are there to support and encourage one another. Christian ministries from all over join together at this event to reach out and help males of all ages grow and connect.
This year’s Men’s Expo was a hit with lots of attendees who wandered through the exhibits, tried their hand at the activities, enjoyed tasty eats, and then made their way indoors for wonderful music and a humor-filled comedy show. This event couldn’t get much more manly.