For the show that has always offered a little bit of everything for the outdoor enthusiasts, the 29th Annual Hammond Outdoor Sports Show is going to be even better, especially for those that take advantage of the seminars.
The show takes place today and Sunday with a benefit added to the full schedule of fishing discussions; guests will have special access to the speakers following each session.
“We’ve got another room set up just down the hall from the seminar room,” said Jim Sadic, an organizer for the show. “There were many times at past shows when people wanted to talk to the speakers and ask questions and there usually wasn’t enough time between seminars to do this. This year the new room allows the speakers to go over to that area with the people and spend as much time as is needed.”
The seminars have always been an integral part of the show and this year is no exception with local, regional, and nationally renowned hosts speaking on a wide variety of fishing topics.
“I have been doing seminars for about 15 years now,” said Mike Starcevich of Hammond’s Mik Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet, who is conducting a perch seminar both days. “The seminars are always well received at the Hammond show. We will usually see 50 to 75 people at each session. Everybody likes to hear about what we have to say.”
New at this year’s show, is a fish fry in the concession area as well as a climbing wall. Additional fun for children includes the trout pond, minnow races, and a kids fishing seminar today.
“You can’t do enough for the kids,” Sadic said. “That is why we have these activities. You want to keep them happy and involved.”
In addition to the seminars and kids activities, there will be antler scoring and chainsaw wood carving demonstrations. The main hall will be lined with a spectrum of outdoors retailers, resorts, charters and guides, boat dealers, conservation organizations, sports clubs, arts and crafts, and food vendors.
Admission is $5 for one day or $8 for a two-day pass. Kids under 12 are free. Free parking is available. Along with the numerous giveaways throughout the event, the first 300 visitors each day will receive free water bottles.