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Easton Corbin Joined Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris and Former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter For Grand Opening of the New Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium September 20 in Springfield, MO

September 20, 2017

Other Featured Guests Included Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kevin Costner, Bill Dance, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as well as other Hunting, Fishing, Racing and Conservation Leaders including Theodore Roosevelt’s Great Great Grandson Simon Roosevelt

September 21, 2017 – Outdoor enthusiast Easton Corbin received the invitation of a lifetime to join and help Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris for the Grand Opening gala to open the new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium last night in Springfield, MO. The official kickoff of WOW was presented in honor of former president George H.W. Bush.

Corbin joined an elite list of invited guests that included leaders in music, hunting, fishing, racing and conservation including former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

“I was so honored to be a part of the Grand Opening of the New Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium with all those prestigious guests,” said Easton Corbin. “My favorite place to be is outside enjoying nature and I have a passion for wildlife and nature conservation. I love what Bass Pro Shops and Johnny Morris does to support wildlife conservation and I’m just happy to have been invited to participate in the opening of this Museum that will also help educate people and give them a little peek at the beauty of the great outdoors.”

The Bass Pro Shops store closed for the day to prepare for the evening coat-and-tie gala for conservation leaders and invited guests.

A live televised concert featured Corbin, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Costner and some of country music’s biggest stars and outdoor sports enthusiasts Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, John Anderson, Chris Janson, Tracy Byrd and Craig Morgan performed for the gala crowd.

Simon Roosevelt, the great-great grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, joined dozens of hunting, fishing, racing and conservation leaders during a VIP preview tour of the massive aquarium and wildlife museum at 500 W. Sunshine St.

Fishing legends Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, and Roland and Scott Martin and other top anglers toured the WOW facility. Hunting legends Jim and Eva Shockey and racing legends Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr. and others also got a sneak peek at the 350,000-square-foot aquarium and museum.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke joined Sen. Roy Blunt, Congressman Billy Long, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and many other state and local leaders during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The gala was also billed as a fundraising event for Wonders of Wildlife, which is a not-for-profit charity foundation.

WOW will open its doors today to dozens of conservationists and dignitaries. WOW will open to the public on Friday, Sept. 22.