Outdoorama 2012 at Novi Suburban Collection Showplace

I know some of us are just now getting out to do a little ice fishing in Southern Michigan but I hope you still stop by Michigan’s most popular outdoors event at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi – Outdoorama. GreatLakesBass.com and GLIF will be in booth 5715 during the show from Thursday, February 23 until Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Many of the state’s more than one million anglers and hunters will pack the house for great deals on boats and sporting gear, for conservation education that includes nearly 100 free seminars, and for family entertainment and features.

Returning to crowd fanfare are favorite attractions like “Big Buck Night,” “Wildlife Encounters” and “Ultimate Air Dogs” with Milt Wilcox hosting daily demonstrations and weekend competition.

“Outdoorama is all about celebrating Michigan’s outdoors heritage while keeping in mind our responsibilities toward the environment,” said Adam Starr, show manager. “That’s why the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, which started the show nearly 40 years ago, still plays a major role.”

Adding to the show’s broad appeal is the 5th Annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, which runs concurrently at Suburban Collection Showplace. Patrons to either event receive free crossover admission. “We’ve kept the admission fee low again this year,” Starr said. “It’s only $10 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 14. Kids 5 and under get in free.”

Scores of lodges, outfitters, guides and charter boat captains from Alaska to Africa have reserved space in the show. Great values on fishing boats, duck hunting boats, pontoons and pleasure boats will be on display along with docks, lifts and other accessories. Many specialty vendors with hunting equipment, fishing gear, and camping supplies will offer broad selection and great value.

Besides Ultimate Air Dogs, family fun activities include a Trout Pond with live rainbows, pellet shooting range, free Casting Kids Contest, a video fishing simulator, and the Sportsman’s Grill with fried fish all four days of the show. Premier Animal Attractions is bringing a live baby tiger, a kangaroo and other exotic creatures.

National hunting and fishing authority, Joe Thomas, leads a stellar cast of Hunting Academy seminar leaders that include turkey-hunting ace Seth McCullough and whitetail-hunting experts Tom Nelson, Mark Martin and Fred Abbas. Specialty speakers include Doc Morrow on creating food plots for deer.

Walleye pros Mark Romanack and Lance Valentine headline the Fishing Academy of veteran speakers that includes Mark Martin and muskie-fishing guide Don Miller.

Tim Fox from Shooting the Breeze Hunt Club, will demonstrate basic bird dog training tips. Traditional skills expert Jim Miller offers demonstrations on building birch bark canoes, making fire with a wooden stick, and tanning hides the Native American way.

The first 500 attendees on Thursday and Friday receive a free, collectible Dardevle spoon from Eppinger Manufacturing Co. in Dearborn.

Show hours are Thursday and Friday, 2 to 9:30; Saturday, 10 to 9; and Sunday, 10 to 5. For more information, go to www.Outdoorama.com or call 800-328-6550.  You can also follow late-breaking news and developments at www.facebook.com/Outdoorama and at twitter.com/Outdoorama

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About the Author: Dan Kimmel is an avid angler, outdoor photographer and outdoor writer who becomes a computer guy in his downtime running web sites like this one, GreatLakesBass.com and AnglerHosting.com among others.

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  1. Dan Kimmel says:

    If you want to volunteer at the GLBass / GLIF booth, please look in the top section of the Community forum for a post about volunteering. You can get an exhibitor’s pass for the show if you help out.

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