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It’s Show Time

January 26, 2016
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Welcome to a new year, and new outdoor seasons. You may not know it's winter around here due to the wacky weather we've experienced so far; but nasty, cold and snowy days are looming. The weather plays such a key part in our outdoor activities - cold or hot, wet or dry. Plan accordingly, or not. The strange weather does require some short-term planning.

Some long-term planning can be done though, when it comes to attending one of the many annual outdoor sports shows in the region. There are many to choose from. Here's the dirt on some of the most popular shows:

The largest sports show in the eastern United States continues to be the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA (February 6-14). The nine-day event was snatched up (saved) by the National Rifle Association a few years ago. The show is held at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center (2300 N Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17110).

Article Photos

Brandon Lambes of Massillon, OH holds a nice 10-point deer that was killed last fall by his father Lee Nickels. They were waiting to have the deer scored during the Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show in Dalton, OH on January 23. Photo by Larry Claypool

The GAOS event features over 1,100 exhibitors ranging from shooting manufacturers to outfitters to fishing boats and RVs, and archery to art, covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. There's also country concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and more.

Ohio Valley Outdoor Times contributing writer Bill Waugaman will be covering the event again this year.

Admission is $13 for adults; $11 for seniors. Group discounts are available. Visit their website at:

More locally photos from this year's Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show (Jan. 21-23), in Dalton, OH, is shown with this release. The expanded three-day event was a big success again this year, according to show promoter, Jody Witzsky of JW Promotions. During the event Ohio Valley Outdoors Magazine publisher Larry Claypool and Kidron Sports Center presented the magazine's Reader's Contest prize (a Parker Bushwacker Crossbow Package) to Paul Swartzentruber of Millersburg, OH.

Three shows in western Pennsylvania will highlight February and early March. The Erie RV Show with Powersports and Camping added will be held Feb. 11-14 at the Bayfront Convention Center, in Erie, PA. The cost for adult tickets is $6. The same promoter will also host the Erie Sport & Travel Expo at Bayfront CC on March 4-6. Admission is $8.

The 31th Annual Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show will be held on Feb. 17-21 at the Monroeville (PA) Convention Center. Admission is $12. A Subway coupon, after Feb. 6, will save you $3.

Also in March, mark your calendars for the Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo, held each year at the Ohio Expo Center (state fairgrounds) in Columbus, OH. That event is slated for March 11-13. Featured at this show is the Big Buck Contest, sponsored by the Buckeye Big Buck Club. Admission is $14. Visit their website:

The 14th Annual West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show will be held on March 5-6 at Mylan Park in Morgantown, WV. Admission is $7. Visit their website: for more information.



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