Cabin fever got you down? Tired of sitting around the house waiting for summer to finally roll around? Ready to start planning for outdoor summertime fun? Then get off your couch and head to the Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show, March 12 – 14, 2010 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (4000 Parnell Ave). A unique show layout will feature six specialty areas, making it easier for showgoers to find everything they need and want:
- RV and Motorsports
- Boats and Water Sports
- Hunting and Fishing
- Log Cabin and Cottage Living
- Vacation and Travel
- Biking, Hiking, Camping and Fitness
Visitors of the Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show can meet and speak with hundreds of question-ready exhibitors. Guests will learn about, compare and purchase various products for their outdoor and vacation adventures or hobbies, book hunting and fishing trips, browse for rustic furnishings and décor items for their lake or cabin home, as well as meet with log-home and timber-frame manufacturers.
Show hours are Friday 12 noon to 9 pm; Saturday 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $8.00 at the Coliseum box office. Three-dollars off discount coupons are available at Gander Mountain (6043 Lima Road, Fort Wayne) and at both Dick’s Sporting Goods Fort Wayne locations (309 Coliseum Boulevard or 1520 Apple Glen Boulevard). Admission for children 16 and under is free.
Parking is available on-site, just a few steps away from the front doors. Cars, vans and pick-up trucks are $4.00 in the Main Lot and $8.00 in the Preferred Lot. Parking for buses is $12.00. There is a convenient drop-off and pick-up zone located in the circle drive, just off eastbound Coliseum Boulevard. Access to the circle drive is limited to 15 minutes. Dozens of features await discovery at the show; some of the most anticipated include:
- Log Cabin & Cottage Living Section – Visit over two-dozen manufactures of spectacular log and timber-frame homes, along with exhibitors that specialize in handmade wood furniture and other items perfect for your cottage or cabin home.
- Boats & RVs Galore – Get ready to hit the road and hit the waves! Check out over an acre of the latest makes and models of watercraft, campers, trailers and motor homes.
- Climb the Coliseum – Scale the heights of the Coliseum on the 32’ rock-climbing wall placed on the show floor. See if you can reach the top and ring the bell high among the rafters!
- 3D Moving-Target Archery Range – Hunting Simulations Org will construct a full-fledged 3D hunting simulator on the show floor for both experienced and beginning archers to sharpen their skills. Proceeds of this feature will benefit Hunt of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing adventures and dreams to children age 21 and under who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.
- Deer Mount Display – All attendees are encouraged to bring their trophy bucks, which will be displayed in a special feature area for the duration of the show. Everyone who brings a mount will be eligible to win a musket loader. The deer mount feature is sponsored by Monster Sports of Fort Wayne, which will be exhibiting in a motor sports area that will feature all makes and models of ATVs and motorcycles.
- Fly Fishing Area - FlyMasters of Indianapolis will be on-site for all three days with a 2,000 square foot fly-fishing area complete with a 1,000 square foot pond to provide FREE tying and casting lessons for show guests.
- Indoor Beach – Go ahead, take your shoes off and imagine you are walking along the beach with the waves crashing around you. Or make a sandcastle with your kids in a 400 square foot sandbox sponsored by Northern Indiana Lakes Magazine!
- Seminar and Clinic Stages – Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers to everything and anything concerning outdoor sporting, as well as find out what it takes to own your dream log or timber-frame home. Each day, specialists in the areas of fishing, hunting, boating, camping, fitness, etc. will give presentations to show visitors.
- Archery and Bass Casting Demos presented by Gander Mountain – Gander Mountain will bring their own team of renowned sportsmen to demonstrate bow and casting techniques.
- Great Door Prizes – Every hour on each day of the show, lucky winners will head home with goodies ranging from Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards to beautiful one-of-a-kind handcrafted furniture pieces to trips, hunting and fishing gear and more!
- All visitors to the Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show will receive $10 in Gander bucks, valuable coupons from Dick’s Sporting Goods and a free copy of Northern Indiana Lakes magazine. In addition, many exhibitors are offering incredible low prices and special premiums at their booths that are not available on their websites, at their retail locations or anywhere else.
For more information on The Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show, log on to www.sportsandcabinshows.com.