LEHIGH VALLEY SPORTSMAN SHOW LOOKS AHEAD TO 2015
No sooner had the doors closed on the 2014 Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show, a late winter Pennslvania tradition for generations of sportsmen, plans began by P.B.M. Productions for an even bigger and better show in 2015 at the Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds.
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.
For 2015 the Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show will once agian be a three day event the first full weekend in March opening Friday, March 6 and continuing Saturday and Sunday March 7th and 8th. Show hours are Friday 1-6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
“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.” A huge draw for the outdoor sports show is the opportunity to meet and speak with fishing guides and hunting outfitters from across the nation. Due to the show's increase in popularity, we have to diversify and change our venue to allow other vendors from outside the area to participate in the show. We want to broaden the topics we cover in the show.
In 2015, 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 being a three-day weekend event. Show hours are Friday, March 6, 1-6 .p.m.; Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 2014 the show attendance doubled with the three day format. More vendors, exhibitors, guides and outfitters than last year filled the 60,000-square foot Agri-Plex (Agricultural Hall). In addition, there was 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 vendors at the show and others to benefit outdoors youth education projects, which was held Sunday, 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. New in 2014 was "The Fishing Hole" trout pond for kids with some fish 25 inches in length, run by Ranger Lake Rod & Gun Club, which was a huge success. Through our partnership with POWA and Cabela's, we are able to help them sponsor outdoors youth educational events throughout Pennsylvania.
“In addition, we 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, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Lehigh Valley Branch of Quality Deer Management, Little Lehigh Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Lehigh River Stocking Association and Jerry Zimmerman member Chapter of National Wild Turky Fereration will have displays at the show.
With the show expanding to three days, more Western Plains, Canadian and East Coast waterfowl outfitters attended and offered 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 were 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 2015 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 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 are 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.”
What generations for decades referred to as simply the “Allentown show” clearly reestablished itself as the one outdoors show worth waiting for with its variety of exhibitors, seminars, special events and family friendly attractions. Nearly every nook and corner of the 60,000-square foot Agri-Plex was filled, but new floor layouts will allow expansion in 2015.
According to promoter Dennis E. Brozey that and more is already assured for 2015, with new exhibitors and attractions being added to many of the exhibitors who committed to return during this year’s show. In addition to the commitment of the exhibitors, the LVSS will continue to have the support of Cabela’s Hamburg store, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and “Pennsylvania Outdoor News.”
Two of the premier educational attractions were nationally known wildlife artist Gerry Putt of Boling Springs and the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum presented by the Jacobsburg Historical Society. Both of these exhibitors will be back in 2015 with expanded displays.
Putt is the only 10-time winner of the Pennsylvania Duck Stamp competition, and he will once again pain an original piece of wildlife art during the show. That one-of-a-kind artwork will be donated to the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association charity auction, which will be held Sunday at 1 p.m., to raise money to fund requests from outdoors organizations for outdoors-related activities for youth and two college scholarships.
Living history reenactors, dressed in period-correct Colonial attire, will have more demonstrations of crafts from the 1700s at the Jacobsburg display. In addition, representatives from the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, dressed in pre-1840 attire, will be in adjacent booth.
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.
Seminars will be scheduled on a first come first served basis, please refer to our Seminars page for updates. Some of the seminars that were held at the 2014 show included:
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, 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 http://www.lehighvalleysportsmanshow.com/.
|ALL THIS IN OVER 60,000 SQ. FT. HEATED INDOOR FACILITY
"THIS SHOW DOES NOT CANCEL FOR ANY REASON"
2014 Lehigh Valley Sprotsman Show.
Friday – 1 PM – 6 PM
Saturday - 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday - 10 AM - 4 PM
ADMISSION - $10
Children Under 12 Free
Drift Boat Fishing Guide
and more at the show.