Thousands attend 1st 'preppers' expo in Utah suburb

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Posted: Apr 24, 2015 8:33 PM
Thousands attend 1st 'preppers' expo in Utah suburb

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of survivalists and "preppers" are gathering in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy for the first PrepperCon, featuring demonstrations of underground bunkers, food storage and armored vehicles.

Scott Stallings, one of the show's founders, says the Friday and Saturday event was inspired by the success of ComicCon and is amping up the entertainment with the hope of attracting younger people who may not be enthusiasts of food storage and other survivalist strategies.

Stallings, who lives in Murray, says Utah makes sense for the first expo because of the Mormon culture's emphasis food storage and emphasis on self-reliance.

Among the expo's main events is a zombie apocalypse costume contest and appearances by actors from the AMC hit show "The Walking Dead."