Whether it's hunting or hiking, boating or trapping, sportsmen can get the best gear, guidance and more at the upcoming Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton on Jan. 18 and 19.
The two-day event will feature presentations and demonstrations on hunting and fishing techniques by several famous outdoorsmen, as well as other activities and attractions for avid recreationists.
The show would be of interest to anybody who is a sports enthusiast, said J.W. Promotions Chief Executive Officer Jody Witzky, whether he or she likes hunting, fishing, camping or any other outdoor sport.
"There are so many different products and people come for different things," he said. "It's important to us that people have the opportunity to see something new each year."
With 10,000 square-feet of additional space, the show has more room to offer everything from camo to ammo, kayaks to canoes, guns to gear, bows to bough, tackle to traps and duck calls to deer blinds, the event caters to hunters, anglers, trappers, archers, boaters and hikers.
The 2013 show brings a fresh line-up of speakers for both the sportsman and the sportswoman.
New speakers include Bill Epheards discussing deer and turkey, the Ohio Trappers Association with a lecture on coyote trapping, Heath Painter discussing filming and deer hunting, Tony Lapratt on land management, Dick Williams speaking on survival and Shawn Kotchey on turkey hunting.
Other speakers include Harold Starcher and Gayland "Grumpy" Ash, who will provide antique lure identifications and appraisals.
The event's fishing seminars will cover bass, walleye, crappie, catfish and muskie, all held at a stage known as the Hawg Trough, a 40-foot glass sided semi-trailer filled with water and fish.
Two indoor competitions, Archery Tag and Archery Skeet Shooting, will also be available this year.
For Archery Tag, "People can come and play. It's like paint ball, only you shoot each other with a bow and arrow. You can watch or you can play with a team," said Witzky.
For Archery Skeet Shooting, competitors trade in shotguns and clay pigeons for a bow and arrow and Styrofoam targets.
These indoor courses provide a fun, safe and high-energy activity for all, said Witzky.
Other popular interactive demonstrations include flint knapping (an arrowhead making session) and Buckeye Big Bucks will be scoring deer antlers.
To add to the line-up, the 3rd Annual Waynedale Archery Tournament will be held for the first time at the Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show.
As a National Archery in the Schools Program, the tournament is open to students in grades 3-12. The tournament will require Genesis compound bows, full-length Easton 1820 arrow, open sights and no release aid. All attendees will need to know and understand range rules, whistle commands and safety rules.
A training class will be held at Holmesville Elementary on Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.
Tournament times are Jan. 17-18 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact Chad Lorentz at 330-466-4453.
As a new attraction, the Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show Gun Auction will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Close to 100 guns will be auctioned off.
And if those hunters, fishers and other outdoorsmen are looking for gear and equipment, nearly 150 vendors will be on site selling camouflage, guns, deer stands, jerky, ammunition, hunting bags, tackle, kayaks, canoes, candies, barbecue sauces, spices, shoes, knives and more.
That vendor list has continued to grow with the show since the start of the Northeast Ohio Sports Show in 2009. The 2012 show featured thousands of patrons, hundreds of sporting goods vendors and numerous seminars taught by nationally known hunting and fishing experts -- more are expected this year.
"It's now one of the largest sports shows in the state of Ohio," said Witzky.
This year, even more outfitters from across the U.S. and Canada will be at the show.
"You can book an elk or bear hunt, or charter a fishing trip. We have all that here," said Witzky.
The Northeast Ohio Sports Show will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Buckeye Event Center is located at 624 Henry St., Dalton, Ohio 44618.
The cost is $10 for adults, which includes parking, and admission is free for children 12 and younger. A two-day pass is available for $15.
For more information, visit www.ohiosportsmanshow.com or call 440-371-2586.
Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.