Here's a great way to celebrate the first weekend of spring. It's the 68th Annual ULTIMATE SPORT SHOW-GRAND RAPIDS, Thursday through Sunday, at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe NW, in downtown Grand Rapids.
Michigan's biggest and oldest outdoor sport show has more than 350 exhibitors, including 100-plus fishing tackle vendors, hunting gear, new fishing boats and more than 100 outfitters, lodges, guides, charter captains and adventure-travel destinations in Michigan, the Great Lakes, across North America and abroad.
More than 200 new fishing boats, pontoons, canoes and kayaks from a dozen dealers are in the show. More than 100 free, non-stop fishing and hunting seminars occur on 110,000-gallon Lake Ultimate, the new 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough and other stages.
Popular features including Big Buck Night West, by Michigan Out-of-Doors TV hosts Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olsen, Ultimate Air Dogs, state championship competition and display by the Michigan Taxidermists Association, carving display featuring a world-champion carver by Woodland Woodcarvers, a trout pond with live trout, and antique fishing tackle displays are among many daily entertainment features.
Show hours are Thursday, 3 to 9:30; Friday, 11 to 9:30; Saturday, 10 to 9; Sunday 10 to 5.
Admission is $10 adults, $4 children 6 to 14, free for children 5 and under. Discount coupons at Wendy's restaurants. Download your e-ticket at www.UltimateSportShow.com.
For more, call 800-328-6550.
You can also help your neighbor through these special show promotions:
- Bring six boxes/cans or four pounds of non-perishable food for the Tony Gates/MSAH Food Drive on Thursday and get in free that night only.
- The first 500 attendees on Thursday and Friday will receive a free, collectible Dardevle spoon from Eppinger Manufacturing Co. in Dearborn.
- The first 500 attendees on Saturday and Sunday will receive a free Quick Fillet Tool from Quick Fillet Productions in Plymouth.
Others include a chance to register to win the Ultimate Fly-in Fishing Trip to Expeditions North. Two lucky people will be whisked by float plane to world-class fishing on Nagagami Lake in Ontario’s wilderness. The Grand Prize Winner will be drawn on Monday, March 25.