In 2014 the Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show, a late-winter Pennsylvania outdoors tradition for generations of sportsmen returns to the Agri-Plex (Agricultural Hall) at the Allentown Fairgrounds with an expanded, three-day schedule when P.B.M. Productions presents the event beginning Friday, Feb. 28, and continuing Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2.
For decades “the Allentown show” marked the end of the outdoors show season and signaled that the beginning of the spring fishing and hunting seasons were within sight for generations of outdoors enthusiasts in eastern Pennsylvania, as well as many in southern New York, western New Jersey and northern Maryland.
Now, in 2014, due in part to the support of Cabela’s Hamburg store, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, “Outdoor News Pennsylvania and New York” and vendors, what once was is again with the show expanding to a three-day weekend event from last year’s Saturday and Sunday format. Show hours are Friday, Feb. 28, 1-8 .p.m.; Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By expanding the Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show to its original three-day format more vendors, exhibitors, guides and outfitters than last year will fill the 60,000-square foot Agri-Plex (Agricultural Hall). In addition, there will be an expanded schedule of seminars and special events -- most notably of which is the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association auction of outdoors-related merchandise and trips donated by both those at the show and others to benefit outdoors youth education projects returns, which will be held Sunday, March 2, from 1-3 p.m.
Through the generous support of show promoters, vendors, guides and outfitters, POWA has raised more than $400,000 through its auctions at outdoors shows. All the money is used to support a scholarship to Penn State University and another to University of Pittsburgh Johnstown for journalism majors with an interest in outdoors communication and underwrite various youth projects such as field day, conservation camps, fishing events, shooting events and school nature activities.
“There has always been a strong focus on youth and bringing back our heritage of hunting, fishing and outdoor life at the Lehigh Valley Outdoor Show, and new in 2014 is "The Fishing Hole" trout pond for kids with some fish 25 inches in length,” show promoter Dennis E. Brozey said. “Through our partnership with POWA we are able to help them sponsor outdoors youth educational events throughout Pennsylvania, and it’s an honor for us to welcome Hunt of a Lifetime and help that Pennsylvania-based organization continue making dreams come true for young people.
“In addition, we have already have commitments from many conservation organizations and many will be worked into our schedule of seminars. Thus far, Keystone Elk County Alliance, Delaware River Shad Fishermen's Association, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Lehigh County Fish and Game Protective Association, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Lehigh Valley Branch of Quality Deer Management, Little Lehigh Chapter of Trout Unlimited and The Lehigh River Stocking Association will have displays at the show.
“By expanding the show to three days we have been able to attract even more guides and outfitters than last year, and while those attending the show will have plenty of choices for various hunting and fishing trips, we are not overbooking those who provide the same types of hunts or fishing trips.”
With the show expanding to three days, more Western Plains, Canadian and East Coast waterfowl outfitters will be attending and offer the opportunity to hunt game such as caribou, bear, deer, elk, mountain lion and pronghorn antelope. For those looking for that once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure to the Dark Continent, professional hunters will be in attendance to book both hunting and photo safaris.
While some of those outfitters whose primary focus is hunting trips do offer fishing vacations, there are plenty of fishing guides and charter captains whose only desire is giving anglers a trip to remember. In 2014 the Lehigh Valley Outdoor Show will have charter captains from Lake Ontario, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and river and stream guides from such prime destinations as the St. Lawrence River, the Delaware River, the Susquehanna River, the Potomac River and many smaller trout streams.
“As long as I can remember, people came to the outdoors show in Allentown to book trips and finalize their plans,” Brozey said. “That has certainly made the show appealing to guides and outfitters, and with the variety of outfitters representing just about every geographic area of the United States, as well as those from Canada and Africa, I can’t imagine anyone not finding a species they want to hunt.
“Certainly, the same can be said for anglers, as we have guides and captains that can put clients on every species from trout to bass to salmon and striped bass to saltwater species. And anglers can book everything from a day of fly-fishing on a trout stream to a week at a Canadian lodge.
“In addition to those attending the show we will also have consultants representing a variety of guides and outfitters to meet one-on-one with those looking to plan their next outdoors sporting adventure. Also, for those looking to upgrade their outdoors equipment, there will be vendors selling various sporting firearms, archery equipment, fishing tackle and other items that include big-ticket items like boats, motor homes, campers, log homes and ATV’s.”
Seminars that have been schedule for the 2014 Lehigh Valley Outdoor Show are:
Butch Mellinger, a nationally recognized bow hunter, is the first hunter to complete the African Big 5 Grand Slam with a crossbow.
Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is certified US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and USDA, the facility cares for injured and orphaned wild animals receive treatment until they can be released back to the wild, including species such as owls, raptors, mammals and reptiles.
Delaware River Shad Association will present the history of shad fishing in the Delaware River and tributaries. It is the objective and purpose of the organization to protect the migratory fish species by keepingthe river flowing free of obstructions.
Dave Ehrig, known as "Pennsylvania's Mr. Black Powder," he helped work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission in creating what is Pennsylvania’s flintlock muzzleloader season. He is the author of six books, including the award-winning “Muzzleloader Hunting for Deer and Turkey.”
Single Action Shooting Society, commonly knows as “Cowboy Action Shooting,” will give demonstrations of the organizations shooting events. All members must be dressed in Western attire, adding to the presentation.
Shawn Kotchey will present "Calling and Understanding the Wild Turkey," which includes tips and tactics of hunting and calling the wild turkey. A pro-staff member for Mossy Oak, he is a professional turkey guide who has wild turkey in 21 states, placed in more than 30 professional turkey-calling contests and owl hooting contests, taken five Grand Slams and is owner of Millcreek Valley Game Calls.
Agri-Plex (Agricultural Hall) is located at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 North 17th St., Allentown. Admission is $10, ages 12 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult and there is no charge for parking.
For information on the Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show, call P.B.M. Productions at 610-395-5280 or access the website at
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