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It’s Show Time!

January 9, 2015 - Larry Claypool
It’s that time of year. It’s Show Time!! Each winter, after the holidays and hunting seasons have closed, outdoorsmen look forward to attending several outdoor sports shows. There are many to choose from. The big Shot Show, in Las Vegas, NV, and Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show (Indianapolis, IN) kick off the show schedule. Although those two (January) shows are not open to the general public, the major manufacturers kick off their new products and lines during these shows. The largest sports show in the eastern United States continues to be the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA (February 7-15). The nine-day event was formerly called the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, which the NRA snatched up after organizers, Reed Exhibitions (of England, by the way), decided to exclude certain firearms from the show after the tragic school shooting in Connecticut in December of 2012. Big mistake. The NRA stepped in, basically ran the show in 2013, and found corporate sponsors the last two years to keep the show moving forward. Not only did Reed Exhibitions lose the contract to host the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, they also lost control of the Shot Show. Talk about a twin-killing. This year, again, OV Times writer Bill Waugaman will attend the show and file reports for us. The top celebrities scheduled to appear at the GAOS event include Larry Weishuhn, Hank Parker and Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo. Previously there were many more popular celebs at this event and I’m not sure why that has changed. My guess is, it involves money. If you’re going, admission is $13 for adults. The website is: More locally the Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show, in Dalton, OH, is slated for Jan. 16-17. The event will be staged at the Buckeye Event Center, located along state Route 30 near Massillon. Admission is $10 for adults. Visit their website at: The Mid-American Boat Show, in Cleveland, is slated for the same weekend(Jan. 15-19). That event will be held at the I-X Convention Center, near the Cleveland Airport. Admission is $12. Visit their website: During the same weekend, and at the same location, (Jan. 16-18 at the I-X Center) the Cleveland Outdoor Adventure Show will feature archery trick artist Byron Ferguson, the Dock Dogs and Pat and Nicole Reeve of Driven TV. That show will set you back $10 for adults. See their website at: February’s big show in western Pennsylvania is the 30th Annual Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show on Feb. 18-22 at the Monroeville (PA) Convention Center. Later in February (27th-March 1), the Erie Sport and Travel Expo returns to the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA. That event will also feature Byron Ferguson, the Dock Dogs and the Reeve’s. Admission is: $8. Also see the above website for more information. In southern Ohio the biggest outdoor show of the season is the Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show. That longtime show will be Jan. 16-18. It’s held at the Duke Energy Cincinnati Convention Center. The show will feature a NEW Adventures Sports Area. Admission is: $12. Visit their website: The same sponsors, Hart Productions, will host the Cincinnati Hunting and Fishing Show the following week (Jan. 21-25) at the Duke Energy Center. Young female huntress Kendall Jones, of Texas, will be featured. Admission is: $12. See the above website for more information. In March, mark your calendars for the Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo, held each year at the Ohio Expo Center (state fair- grounds) in Columbus, OH. That event is slated for March 13-15. Featured at this show is the Big Buck Contest, spon- sored by the Buckeye Big Buck Club. Byron Ferguson and turkey calling champion Alex Vedrinski headline more than 30 seminars. Admission is: $14. Visit their website: The 14th Annual West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show will be held on March 7-8 at Mylan Park in Morgantown, WV. Admission is: $6. Visit their website:


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Shows in this region feature many outfitters for deer, elk, bear and more. Photo by Larry Claypool