Annual sportsmen show begins Friday at TRAC

PASCO -- Outdoor enthusiasts in the Mid-Columbia can escape the mid-winter blahs and fuel their dreams of fishing, hunting or camping in 2009 at the 16th annual Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show.

The show, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday at TRAC in Pasco, includes daily hunting and fishing seminars, casting clinics, an outdoor cooking camp, retriever demonstrations, a 3-D archery range and trout races.

Vendors again will have tables with the latest in outdoor equipment for sale; local and regional outdoor organizations will staff booths; and trophy antlers from deer and elk will be on display.

There are a series of events for kids: an air rifle range; a balloon shoot where they can learn to use a bow; and "lunker lake," where kids can fish for trout in a stocked pond.

Experts will teach beginning and advanced fly-casting techniques each day at a casting pool, and fly-tying clinics are planned.

A Dutch oven cooking session also will be held each day.

Hourly seminars are scheduled daily on everything from smallmouth techniques and favorite walleye presentations to goose hunting strategies and techniques.

Door prizes will be distributed daily, and the first 150 people through the door each day also will get a bonus prize, show organizers said.

Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for kids 6-12, and kids under 6 are admitted free. A one-time daily admission will get you in all three days.

On Friday, those 60 years old and up can get in for $3.50, and Sunday is family day, where two adults and two kids ages 6-12 can be admitted for $17.