Largest outdoor show of its kind and associated expos return to Indiana State Fairgrounds in February

All manner of outdoor enthusiasts from Indiana and across the Midwest look forward to February.  While outdoor recreational opportunities may be scarce at this time of year, a different source of excitement fuels their passions.

When the first hints of winter’s end begin to appear, the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show; Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo; and Indiana Motorcycle Expo open their doors to hundreds of thousands of eager show-goers – most of whom are severely infected with cabin fever.  The timing is perfect.

The tradition continues February 18-27, 2011, when Indiana-based Renfro Productions and Management will host the Ford 57th Annual Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  Once again, the Indiana Deer, Turkey and waterfowl Expo will anchor the opening weekend of the show, February 18-20, while the Indiana Motorcycle Expo will take place during the closing weekend of the show, February 25-27.

Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show:  February 18-27, 2011 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

“A bit of the old and a lot of the new”, is what show organizer Kevin Renfro says folks should expect at this year’s show.  “We’ve got more boats and RVs than you can look at in a single day”, says Renfro, who encourages visitors to come to the fairgrounds at least twice in order to see everything being offered by the show’s over 600 exhibitors.  It’s the best time of the year to load up on all the latest and greatest fishing gear too, and Tackle Town will return to his year’s show providing show-goers with thousands of square feet of the newest fishing products available. “And we’ll have the best seminars we’ve ever offered and more outfitters, lodges and outdoor tourism pros on hand than ever before”, continues Renfro.

An expanded Quiet Sports Expo will return to this year’s Indianapolis show with an increased number of featured attractions and exhibitors.  America’s Quiet Sports movement celebrates the more contemplative, human-powered outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and fly fishing, and this year’s Quiet Sports Expo will deliver more of these activities than ever before.  An indoor mountain bike track built and manned by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) will be available for use all ten days of the show.  The HMBA will be on hand with different mountain bikes for visitors to try on the track, as well as to share information on the best places to mountain bike across the state.

Seminar highlights at this year’s show include a return of the popular Fishing Camp: Ask the Pros roundtable seminar format.  More than just a seminar, Ask the Pros assembles a knowledgeable panel of angling professionals, and then puts the audience in control of the topics and discussion.

Well-known walleye authority and tournament angler Ted Takasaki will be among this year’s seminar pros, and will deliver individual seminars during the opening weekend of the show.  Ted is a top professional Hall of Fame angler who has competed on both the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) and the FLW Walleye Tour.  He is considered one of America’s leading walleye experts and multi-species angling authorities.

Angling legend Spence Petros will return to this year’s show, as will fan favorite, Joe Thomas — four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, 25-year tournament veteran and host of two hit fishing shows on Outdoor Channel, Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors and Ultimate Match Fishing (UMF).  Thomas will bring an entire UMF crew to Indianapolis this year to participate in their own, unique brand of Fishing Camp: Ask the Pros during the show’s opening weekend.  Accompanying Thomas are Ultimate Match Fishing’s two-time winner, Luke Clauson, Jim Kramer and Indiana’s very own Mark Randolph, the only referee in tournament bass angling.  In addition to Fishing Camp: Ask the Pros, Thomas and the UMF crew will also be giving individual seminars.

Also new to this year’s Ford, Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show are author, television personality and fishing pioneer Flip Pallot , and Dave Canterbury from Discovery’s hit show Dual Survival.

It is impossible to list all of the seminars, speakers and show features in this small space, but suffice it to say that the show’s lineup of all-star speakers will also be supplemented with a full compliment of knowledgeable local and regional experts speaking on everything from muskies and striped bass to crappies and catfish. 

Familiar favorites returning to this year’s show include the 5,000-gallon “Hawg Trough” aquarium filled with a variety of game fish species, the Peak Adventure Rock Wall and the Laser Shotgun 3D Challenge.

Saturday, February 26 is Kid’s Day.  The first 500 children through the door will receive a fishing rod and reel combo courtesy of Honey Creek Tackle.

Be sure to check regularly at www.indysportshow.com for up-to-date information on all aspects of the largest and most comprehensive outdoor show in the nation. 

14th Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Exposition:  February 18-20, 2011 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds 

As always, the Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo will take place during the first weekend of the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show (Feb. 18-20).  It too promises more exhibitors, unique and exciting features and top-quality seminars than ever before.

The expo will once again feature the wildly popular Indiana Waterfowl Calling Championships sponsored by Ducks Unlimited.  With divisions for both kids and adults, amateurs and hard-core callers alike can win big prizes.  Additionally, for Indiana residents, the event will serve as the Indiana qualifier for the World Waterfowl Calling Championships to be held later this year in Stuttgart, AR.

Of course, a variety of hunting seminars will be offered at this year’s expo, which boasts some of the biggest names in the industry.  Mr. Ray Eye — America’s most recognized turkey hunter. – is a new addition to this year’s seminar schedule, as is prolific whitetail hunter, author and TV producer and personality Greg Miller.  Bill Epeards will return to this year’s show to focus on speaking with folks about hunting dangerous game, while Brandon Butler will also be back to help teach show visitors the best ways to go about hunting on Indiana’s public lands..

Quality whitetail deer management is more popular than ever, and hunters and property owners alike don’t always know where to go for sound advice. C.J. Winand is a wildlife biologist and an outdoor writer for Bowhunter Magazine.  C.J.’s seminars will elevate even an experienced hunter’s savvy.  

Aside from the great seminars, the 14th Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo will feature a real outfitter’s camp where show-goers can learn about wilderness hunting, fishing and outfitting from Rusty Bogers of A Double J Outfitters and Flatiron Troutfitters of Buffalo, Wyoming.  Other exciting expo features include a variety of gun dog demonstrations, a 3D Bowhunter Challenge, Legends of Indiana whitetail display , and deer scoring by the Indiana Deer Hunters Association.  Visitors are invited to bring in their antlers or mounted whitetails for scoring.

The 14th Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo will have more exhibitors, features and quality speakers than ever before. Go to www.indianadeerandturkeyexpo.com to keep up with the growing lineup!

20th Annual Indiana Motorcycle Exposition:  February 25-27, 2011 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

The 20th annual installment of the popular Indiana Motorcycle Exposition will anchor the closing weekend of the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (Feb. 25-27).

Aside from fantastic deals at one of the largest assemblies of motorcycle, ATV and personal watercraft dealers to be found anywhere, the Indiana Motorcycle Expo will offer a variety of features to please and entertain all manner of bikers.  Hundreds of vendors will be on-hand for the event with a range of clothing, accessories and other products designed for the trails, lake and open road.

New to this year’s expo is the Team Extreme Trials Showcase, where exhibition riders thrill the audience with unbelievable precision and control while riding through a giant obstacle course.  America’s premier motorcycle trials show for over ten years, the Team Extreme Trials Show is a must see event, and has been described as gymnastics on two wheels because it represents an extreme level of difficulty found in no other motorsport.

The Biker’s Showcase is one of the expo’s most popular features and includes hundreds of custom and vintage motorcycles on display for judging by the public.  Art and engineering converge at this unique attraction.  Folks interested in entering one or more of their own motorcycles in the Showcase can find out how at www.indianamotorcycleexpo.com.

Speaking of vintage motorcycles, IndyVinMoto – a group of Indianapolis area vintage motorcycle enthusiasts – will also be on hand at the expo with a unique display of historically significant race bikes.  From café racers to flat trackers to salt flat speedsters, visitors will marvel at the beauty and simplicity of these classics from years gone by.  Of particular interest to motorcycle enthusiasts, the IndyVinMoto exhibit will include five examples of the classic Yamaha xs650 – one stock version, two xs bobbers, one xs flat tracker and one xs café racer.

Other favorite returning expo features include the Tiny Tots Test Track, where future bikers can try out their two-wheeled skills; ABATE motorcycle classes; and the ever-popular Hardees Thickburger Fashion Showcase, where the biker lifestyle’s newest and hottest fashions are modeled for the public.

For a complete rundown of the unique and exciting attractions and exhibits at this year’s Indiana Motorcycle Expo, log onto www.indianamotorcycleexpo.com.

Media Contact:  Susan Kreiner, Renfro Productions and Management, 6405 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., Anderson, IN  46013.  877-892-1723.  susankreiner@sbcglobal.net

 

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