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Kansas Sports, Boat
and Travel Show will run from Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Sunday,
After fighting ice storms in early
January, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts will be ready
to dream about warmer weather and outdoor fun. They will have
their chance as the annual Kansas Sports, Boat & Travel Show
starts on Wednesday, Feb. 16 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 20.
Family outdoor adventure, entertainment
and education comes to Kansas as the 51st Annual Kansas Sports,
Boat & Travel Show opens at the Kansas Coliseum, Feb. 16-20.
Catfish pro Dennis Halgren from
Illinois, is set to talk to show visitors about his secrets for
championship fishing. Phillip Hain will be demonstrating casting
techniques and the correct use of new bait products on his Travelin'
Fish Tank, a 40' long glass aquarium.
A family favorite, the Make-A-Wish
Foundation's Trout Fishing Pond where kids can catch their first
trout of the season will be featured and the Kansas Bassmaster
Casting Kids Competition will be held.
Water fun seekers will find
great deals on new fishing and ski boats. Campers and RV travelers
who prefer the freedom of RV travel will find the latest models
and special value pricing.
Family entertainment will include
Crunch, a 165 lb. Alligator snapping turtle. He has appeard on
CNN as one of the largest still alive in the world. He is over
four-feet in length and has been in captivity for 25 years. His
estimated age is between 150 and 200 years and he is likely to
live another 100 years.
Commercial trapping had nearly
depleted this species in the '60s and '70s, but they are now
protected in most states of their range.
Another fun-filled family attraction
will be The Great American Duck Race, presented by Robert Duck
from Bosque Farms, New Mexico. Mr. Duck is a 12-time world champion
duck racer who has earned more than $50,000 in prizes since 1980.
He currently travels to fairs and festivals full-time to bring
this fun sport to audiences across the country.
Robert and his wife Kathy own
75 drakes and hens, of which about two dozen travel with them
to compete. He says that the races give him a chance to educate
people, especially children who have never touched a duck.
Families can try an automatic
target system furnished by the Kansas Department of Wildlife
and Parks. The system is used for hunter education throughout
the state and features a video scene of deer, elk, bear and many
other types of wildlife. The participant fires a rifle or shotgun
that emits a laser beam and records the hit, scoring the hunter
on the effectiveness of the shot. The objective of the training
is to show hunters to shoot responsibly.
Mike Cargill of the Great Bend
Zoo will present snake and reptile education workshops. Game
calling seminars are being presented by Barney LaRue. LaRue is
a turkey call professional from Rudy, Arkansas. Chisholm Creek
Kennels will present dog obedience and tetriever training seminars.
Winning shots from the 2004
Outdoor Writers Association of America photography contest will
be on display. The exhibit showcases stunning scenes from five
categories and includes work form America's best-known outdoor
The show will open Wednesday
and Thursday, Feb. 16 and 17, from 5 to 9 pm; Friday, Feb. 18,
from noon to 9 pm; Saturday, Feb. 19, from 10 am to 8:30 pm and
Sunday, Feb. 20, from 10 am to 5 pm. Adult admission is $7.00
at the door. Children under 12 are free.
For information, call (303)
892-6800 or log on to kansassportshow.com
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