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Last updated: Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 - 07:29 am EDT

Upcoming outdoor shows leave us dreaming of warmer weather

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During the current harsh winter weather many of us are dreaming of warm-weather activities.

Several upcoming outdoor-themed shows scheduled at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., may bring those dreams closer to reality.

First up:

Outdoor Sports Lake and Cabin Show

Exhibits and demonstrations include:

Lumberjack Show & Competition – featuring log rolling, pole-climbing, axe throwing, crosscut sawing and carving.

Lumberjill Samantha Hadley 24, sponsored by STIHL Timberworks Lumberjack Show, was born and raised in Hayward, Wis. She started logrolling when she was 5 years old. Currently, she is one of the top 10 logrollers in the world.

“I grew up around it. It's kind of what we did in the summer,” she said.

Besides logrolling, Hadley competes with teammates who, she said, are like a second family to her in the axe throwing and the Lumberjack and Lumberjill crosscut sawing competitions.

“It's very competitive, and I love that,” Hadley said.

Scheduled Lumberjack and Lumberjill Show times: 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., and 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Air Rifle Shooting Range – Learn to shoot a precision rifle from one of only two USA/NRA Level 3 rifle coaches in Indiana.

Gregg Rice, 42, rifle coach at Bishop Dwenger High School, will be on hand throughout the event to demonstrate air rifle shooting basics. For $5 participants can take aim at one of the targets and unload 10 shots plus a couple of sighting practice shots and take the target home, Rice said. The money raised will go toward the eventual construction of a certified training center in northeast Indiana for air rifle enthusiasts.

Other events and exhibitions include:

•Safari Club International (SCI) – Youth outreach archery clinic participant have an opportunity to shoot at various life-size targets.

•Harley-Davidson Simulator – Ehlerding Motorsports is scheduled to offer free stationary motorcycle rides and educate guests on how to shift gears, all without the risk of falling.

•Giant Beach – for kids to play on, complete with 30 tons of sand.

•Fishing – Two ponds stocked with hungry live fish to catch.

•See a fully furnished log home

Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show

Exhibitors scheduled include Barton Lake RV, Fremont. Travel trailers, fifth wheels and big fifth wheel toy haulers by Keystone are expected to be among the units available for viewing.

Prices for the new models are in the mid-teens to the mid-$40,000 range, said Randy Riley, sales manager.

“It's a way to bring customers from all over to a central location. Almost every make of RV will be indoors and decorated,” he said.

Show-goers can tour new models and see a board that features available used campers and 5th wheels, Riley said.

Locally owned Coplen's Coleman Camper Center, 9810 Lima Road, is expected to feature travel trailers and fifth wheels during the show. Prices for new units range from $10,000 to $34,000, said Bob Coplen.

“It's an opportunity to get a feel for what is available and help (prospective customers) make a decision on what they are looking for,”he said.

Besides new models Coplen's is expected to bring information on used rentals starting at $265 per week.

“There's nothing like enjoying the out of doors,” Coplen said.

Fort Wayne Boat Show and Sale

This show features all things water from wet suits to water skis; from electric boats to boat covers over 60 exhibitors including 20 marine dealers from Indiana and Michigan are expected to be on hand showcasing their products and answering questions.

Because safe boating is central to safe water fun the Department of Natural Resources is conducting a free boating safety class 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Feb. 8.

“The purpose of the boat or personal watercraft class is to teach beginners and veteran boaters the concept of safe boating; how to be safe in the water; operational boat safety and common sense tips. It's a good tie-in with the boat show because it gets people thinking early about boater safety,” said Indiana conservation officer Patrick Heidenreich.

Early registration can be done www.register-ed.com/programs/indiana/agency:25. Registration can also be done on site before class, Heidenreich said.

metro@news-sentinel.com


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