By Meghan Marx
The Northwest Sportshow is making its way to the Minneapolis Convention Center for five days of outdoor fun from March 28 – April 1. Whatever your outdoor passion, there is surely something for everyone.
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
March 28 – April 1, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 29, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, March 30, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door:
Adults (16 and older) $10
Senior Day, (Thursday, March 29 only, 62+) $7
Children (15 and younger) FREE
(Ticket includes a one-year magazine subscription to Yachting, Boating, Field & Stream or Outdoor Life Magazine)
Reviews, Directions & More Info: northwestsportshow.com
Avid outdoorsmen and aspiring enthusiasts alike will find all they need at this one-stop shop. Swing down to learn fly-fishing techniques from the pros or check out the huge selection of boats and RVs for sale. The Northwest Sportshow celebrates its 80th birthday this year with hundreds of exhibits filled to the brim with accessories for hunting, fishing, boating, camping and the list goes on. It’s the ideal spot to stock up for your next weekend adventure, or to get an early jump on that holiday shopping.
The Art of Fly Fishing
Fly casting and tying are at the foundation of the art of fly-fishing. There’s a boatload of information just waiting to be had at the Discover Fly Fishing area. Stop by to learn the basics by watching demonstrations, or compare techniques with the pros. Bob Nasby and Vic Mason are eager to share their knowledge of both fresh and saltwater fly-fishing.
The Trout Pond is a favorite returning again this year. Kids enjoy practicing their skills of catching fish right inside the lobby. Hunters Laser Shot Gallery is another spot where a family can have fun together. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firearms Safety Program will host their laser hunting games. Learning the importance of safety in hunting is their mission, and kids have fun learning. Both events are free.
The Berkley Fish Tank
Witness live casting demonstrations by the pros — what better way to learn or hone your skill. The best part of the fish tank is to watch the how the fish respond to the different bait and casting techniques. Before you head down, take a look at the Fish Tank Pro Demonstration Schedule online, and then come take notes. Next time you’re on the water, you may just land that derby winner. After learning the latest, check out the Antique & Collectible Lures.
Meet the History Channel’s Swamp People
R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere of History Channel’s reality show, Swamp People, are a father and son team who live off the land, and the swamp of the Louisiana bayou by hunting alligators. Come see what they have to say about their hunting experiences.
The organizers at the Northwest Sportshow have covered everything to make the trip easy on everyone. Parking is convenient prices range from $5-$15 around the Convention Center. Or take the light-rail, a shuttle runs from the Hiawatha Line right to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Handicap Parking and Scooter/Wheelchair Rental is available, as well as free wireless in the exhibit halls during the show hours. Check out their website for nearby hotels, maps, and more.
Meghan Marx was born and raised in the mid-west, where outdoor activity is her second nature. Meghan is a graphics artist, college professor and web designer. Follow Meg at @designingmarx.