Imagine this bustling scene: parents with infants in their arms and young children in tow, rows and rows of vendors eager to peddle their wares.
Walk past old people with plastic bags full of gifts. A loudspeaker sound cuts through the din to announce the next special event or raffle winner. The aroma of fresh popcorn wafts through the air.
Shuyler Productions is bringing back the popular Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show for a 28th year at the HAPO Center from January 21-23.
Daily incentives include hourly door prizes, children under 6 are admitted free, and $1 off for military veterans. People aged 60 and over can attend for $6 on Fridays. Other deals include Children’s Day on Sunday with $1 off admission for kids ages 6-12.
Maybe your interest turns to adventure. If so, opt for an Alaska nature tour for salmon, a jet boat ride through the heart of Hells Canyon, or a horseback riding tour in the Wallowa Mountains. It doesn’t hurt to pick up a brochure and dream.
Sit for a while at the fly tying theater where you can watch the skilled hands of Columbia Basin Flycaster Club tie models guaranteed to catch bass, trout and rainbow trout from local waters.
Another relaxed setting involves hour-long seminars where Northwest guides, tournament anglers, and other experts outline the best places to fish, along with tips and techniques for catching your favorite species. Also in the seminar room, there will be informative presentations on deer and waterfowl hunting.
Stroll through the North Arena and check out the latest menu item from Harrod’s outdoor cooking stand. Cheers nearby show youngsters eager to land their first trout at the ever-popular Lunker Lake.
Volunteers from Richland’s Rod and Gun Club watch the action. Fishing is free for kids on Sundays, courtesy of Kennewick Sportsman’s Warehouse.
Many show activities are aimed at families. Kids can test their climbing skills on a 24-foot-tall climbing wall, nock an arrow to shoot balloons, and learn how to wield an air rifle while shooting paper targets.
A special attraction for all ages is the All-Star Stunt Dog Show where dogs demonstrate “high energy Frisbee” mixed with “stunning tricks”, sponsored by Legends Casino and Hotel.
Do you know the old adage that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?”
If so, you would be interested in what is happening at the Sports Market, a new activity this year. Individuals can pre-register to sell their “lightly used” outdoor gear for $15 a table by contacting Bev Schuyler at 509-952-1014.
If that’s not enough, you can compare the features and prices of the latest models of pleasure boats, pickup trucks, and ATVs. I made a deal for my first boat at one of Tri-City’s first shows. Letting his wife Nancy help pick him was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.
Current COVID protocols for the three-day extravaganza include masks required for entry and “common sense” social distancing. The show starts at noon on Friday and ends on Sunday at 4 p.m. Don’t miss the action!