Bringing the outdoors in at the Sportsman Show

About 130 exhibitors will flood Westerner Park for the 46th annual Red Deer Sportsman and Outdoor Adventure Show next month.

The show, which runs March 9-11, will feature all things outdoors.

“There will be a variety of exhibitors including scuba diving, hot air balloons and salmon fishing to trail rides, hunting lodges, RV’s, boats and quads. We really have everything,” said Jeff Chocholacek, show manager. “If you’re interested in the outdoors, it will be there.”

Last year, about 10,000 took in the show. This year, Chocholacek is hoping those numbers increase.

The family-family event will also have activities for kids.

“We have the kids’ magnetic fishing pond, the Hot Diggity Dogs Agility will be running their courses, the Alberta Hunter Education Instructor Association will have shooting booths where you can shoot a bow or pellet guns, the Red Deer Junior Shooters will also have a range set up and the Boy Scouts will be there as well.”

Guests speakers will also be on hand throughout the weekend and include Adriano LaFauci with the Real Canadian Joes, Bentley Coben with Bentley Coben Wildlife Productions and Chris David with The Hunting Chronicles.

Another highlight includes the 2012 Canadian Elk Calling Championships.

Attendants of the show will also have the chance to win some top of the line door prizes including a weekend getaway for two of fly fishing and trail rides, a trail camera and there will also be door prizes available for kids.

Chocholacek, who has been involved with the show for a number of years said each year is more successful.

“Last year was really good and this year has been super good.”

The show will run from 4-9 p.m. on March 9; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 10 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 11. The show will take place in the Parkland, Prairie and Stockman’s Pavilions.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages seven to 12 and children under six get in for free.

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