In a little over a month, Pennsylvania’s only true outdoor show opens where many of the exhibits and attractions are, where else, outdoors.
The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza will set up shop Aug. 23-25 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa. This year marks the shows 8th season and whose motto and philosophy is to maintain the fishing and hunting tradition in Pennsylvania.
Show co-directors Bob Danenhower and Rick Weaknecht, have assembled old favorites and some new attractions for this season. One new attraction will be Macluwin, the chainsaw wood carving artist from Wellsboro, Pa. Throughout the three days he’ll be carving replicas of animals, mushrooms, critters and may entertain personal requests that may be purchased upon completion. Some of his carved items will also be up for auction.
For offroad enthusiasts, hunters and anglers, Rothrock Motors, the shows major sponsor, will bring several Ram trucks for showgoers to test drive over a homemade offroad course. In addition there will be a variety of Jeeps, Chrysler and Nissan products for those looking to check out 2013 models without the pressure of buying. That, and a special promotional Ram Trailer will be on site to give out free bags and shirts with material on Ram trucks and their myriad of truck options and features.
And, for the first time, an amateur photo contest will take place with the theme “Get Outdoors.” Following this theme, photo buffs can shoot anything outdoors related and enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded and photos judged by the public who may vote for their favorite photo. For contest and entry information check the show’s website at www.lvhfe.com.
While at the show, look for the free registration booth in the Main Hall where you can win a Remington 870 youth shotgun donated by Ed Razzis and his East Penn Re-Builders. That, and a free one- day duck hunt has been donated by outfitter Randy Birch of Chincoteague Island, VA. For more information on this hunt call 757-336-6181.
Especially for the ladies, and in conjunction with the PA Outdoors Skills Competition, Leslie Smith, PA Outreach Coordinator for the National Wild Turkey Federation, will offer a special drawing for gals who enter the Women in the Outdoors (WITO) competition. Bring your scorecard to the WITO booth to be entered for the free drawing.
GC Lumber of Orefield, will bring their portable sawmill operation to the grounds to demonstrate making selective cuts of different hardwoods. The demo is intended to show his services at his or your site to cut firewood, slab wood and rough-cut timber. He’ll also describe how to buy standing lumber, hardwood flooring, proper selective timber cutting and custom sawed wood.
If you’re into collectables, Joe Eder will display and discuss his hunting and fishing collection that he has amassed over the years.
If you have antlers that you’d like measured, the Greater Lehigh Valley Branch of Quality Deer Management will be on hand to officially measure them plus they’ll have a jawbone aging display. Leave you antlers there for day to be displayed and become eligible for a prize.
Weaknecht Archery in Kutztown will once again offer their challenging 50-target 3D archery course for shooting. Bring your bow and test your skill at varying stages and locations of targets.
For shotgunners, a 50-target sporting clays shoot will be set up amidst a 10-station course. Bring your own shotgun or borrow a 12, 20, 28 or 410 gauge gun brought by volunteer range officers. You’ll not find this at any other Pennsylvania outdoor show.
If you own a hunting dog, Pheasant Valley Farms in Berks County, will host the annual Bird Dog Competition on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. “Entry is free so just show up and register at Pheasant Valley Farms booth,” says Bob Danenhower. Birds for the competition are being furnished by Red Fox Game Birds in Mohrsville, Pa.
And for kids, the famous free trout fishing in the tiny Kistler Creek located on the lower level of the fairgrounds, has often been the start of an angling career for youngsters who have never fished before. And the fish stocked for this contest are sizeable and come compliments of Rothrock Motors, The Storage Centers and Limestone Springs Trout Nursery.
Youngsters will also have an opportunity to have their photos taken with Smokey the Bear compliments of the Hamburg Volunteer Forest Fire Crew.
Every year the best of the best (both men and women and kids 16 and older) can compete in the Pa Outdoor Skills Competition sponsored by Cabela’s in Hamburg. Check the shows website for the various events that is being coordinated by Harold Luther, Cabela’s Retail Manager.
For young’s sportsmen/women 16 and under, there’s the Junior Lehigh Valley Outdoorsman competition that is similar in structure to the adult contest, only it’s not as physical. The three top winners will receive prizes.
For Boy and Girl Scouts, they too will have a Scout Challenge contest which is similar to the adult contest only the 10 stations are more docile such as Daisy’s BB-gun marksmanship contest, casting accuracy, knot tying and others. Prizes range from $100, $50 and $25 respectively for the top three winners. Last year, the show drew scouts from three states and 22 troops.
Looking for a deal in used hunting/fishing and outdoor equipment? The shows’ Hunting & Fishing Flea Market has been a yearly success. The market is held on Saturday only and sellers often bring a variety of new and used products to sell.
These and a myriad of other attractions including major archery, hunting and fishing companies will display and are there to offer advice on the use of their products.
Prior to the show we’ll list new arrivals and attractions as the list is still being assembled.
For more information check www.lvhfe.com or call 610-398-7609 or 610-683-7405. And to automatically receive outdoor news and views from Nick Hromiak, click on the “Subscribe” notation on this page.