Date(s) & Time(s)::
January 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM
January 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM
January 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
For the first time, adventurists of all ages can zipline from almost three stories high and soar over a 25,000-galloon kayak lagoon Jan. 23-25 at the Coliseum’s first large consumer show of the year—the 6th annual Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show.
Attendees will be able to take flights, and fish in two stocked ponds, as part of a fundraiser set up for the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Chapter—a nonprofit that raises money to honor World War II military veterans by sending them on a one-day all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to visit the war memorials, with each flight costing around $60,000.
But in 2015, the chapter is hoping to send close to 300 military veterans total on four separate flights starting this spring, so the organization will be at the three-day show hosting presentations and taking applications from families of living World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. Show admission for active military or veterans is half off—only $5—and military families can zipline and fish for free from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.
Among the return of boat rides, youth archery lessons and an air rifle shooting range, are new show features including chainsaw woodcarving demonstrations (and auction for the honor flights), an inflatable BB gun range and a concert on Sunday. And for the first time, Schnelker Marine Focus Powersports will display and have official Bass Pro Shop catalog products on-site for purchase including fishing and pontoon boats, and also present seminars throughout the weekend.
An amateur lumberjack competition will feature local military branches competing against one another on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The popular STIHL Timberworks Lumberjack Show, as seen on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” Discovery Channel’s “The Travelers” and MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules,” will return to entertain audiences by speed climbing 45-feet high, ax throwing, log rolling, as well as cross-cut and hot sawing. Shows are set for 5, 6:30, and 8 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Over 100 outdoor exhibitors will fill the 108,000 square-foot space with a wide range of sporting goods and services related to: biking, hiking, camping and fitness, hunting and fishing, boats and water sports, vacation and travel, recreational vehicles and motorsports, cottage living and more.
“It’s a great way for the whole family to break away from feeling cooped up at home, and instead, recreate the great outdoors under one roof,” said David Marquart, director of operations for Coliseum Productions. “While the drab winter might keep us inside more, our show helps motivate people to be active and start planning for their outdoor adventures.”
Cost is $10 for adults and valid for re-admission all weekend. Children 12 and under are free. Two-dollar discount coupons are available on SportsandCabinShow.com, and at Fort Wayne area Gander Mountain and Dick’s Sporting Goods stores prior to the show. Mizpah Shrine Circus attendees (also at the Coliseum that same weekend) receive $2 off admission with a ticket stub, but is not valid combined with other offers.
Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, log on SportsandCabinShow.com.
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