Outdoors

Show season kicks off for outdoors enthusiasts

Charley Sprocket dives into during a Dock Dogs competition at a recent Kansas City Boat and Sportshow at Bartle Hall
Charley Sprocket dives into during a Dock Dogs competition at a recent Kansas City Boat and Sportshow at Bartle Hall ALLISON LONG

No matter how cold, snowy or icy it gets, the show will go on.

Make that “shows.”

January is a time when outdoors shows give fishermen, boaters, hunters, campers and hikers a taste of what they will be doing outside in spring and summer. And show-goers will have plenty to choose from this year.

▪ Looking for the latest innovations in the camping-on-wheels world?

You might want to attend the Mid-America RV Show this week at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. The annual show opened Thursday and will continue through Sunday.

The event will feature more than 300 recreational vehicles — everything from large luxury motor homes to family trailers with bunk beds and outdoor showers — on display at the Bartle Hall showroom.

Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults. Admission for Good Sam Club members will be $5, and children ages 12 and under will get in for free.

▪ The granddaddy of area sport shows, the Kansas City Boat and Sportshow, is coming up.

The show, which will run Jan. 22-25 at Bartle Hall, will feature seminars by legendary pro bass fishermen Guido and Dion Hibdon, a panel discussion by Bassmaster pros Brent Chapman and Casey Scanlon, Dock Dogs competition. There will also be interactive clinics for new boat owners on how to get their craft ready, how to trailer and back their boats, and ramp etiquette. As always, there will be displays from boat dealers, travel destinations, fishing and hunting gear, and camping interests.

Hours will be 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 22, noon to 10 p.m., Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 24, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25.

Tickets will cost $12 for adults, with children ages 15 and under admitted free.

▪ Boats, boats, boats.

That’s what you’ll find at the Overland Park Boat Show put on by the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association.

The event, which will run Jan. 22-25, will be docked at the Overland Park Convention Center. Hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 22; noon to 10 p.m. Jan. 23; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 24; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25.

The show will feature displays of boats from Lake of the Ozarks dealers, including cruisers, runabouts, bass boats and personal watercraft. Tickets will cost $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12.

▪ Dreaming of huge bucks? Head to Topeka for the Monster Buck Classic.

The event, which will run Jan. 23-25 at the Kansas Expo Centre, will feature displays of some of the biggest whitetails ever taken in Kansas. The show will include seminars by nationally known hunters, a youth zone and exhibits by national companies. Hunters also will be able to get the bucks they took scored and participate in a monster buck contest. Dan Thurston, star of the national TV show Bow Madness, will be the emcee.

Hours will be 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 23; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 24; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets will cost $15, good for all three days of the show.

Organizer of Clint Bowyer hunt passes away

Emporia-area hunters, shooting enthusiasts and youth are mourning the loss of Dave Hollond, who passed away Jan. 4 at age 52.

Hollond was the organizer of the annual Clint Bowyer Youth Deer Hunt, and he was a longtime supporter of other events dedicated to getting area youngsters involved in hunting and shooting sports.

He died one day after the annual youth deer hunt concluded. Bowyer, a nationally known NASCAR driver, was among those who attended services.

To reach outdoors editor Brent Frazee, call 816-234-4319 or send email to bfrazee@kcstar.com.

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