As a reminder and primer of sorts for the upcoming fall hunting and fishing seasons, the Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza welcomes all sportsmen and would-be outdoors folks and kids to this one of a kind show.
In this their 9th year, this “true” outdoor show is held at Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, PA where it caters to not only sportsmen, but families, scouts, even canines. According to Bob Danenhower, show co-director, “The
show is focused on both kids and adults as it’s really a family affair.”
The yearly event is billed as the only outdoor show that has live muzzleloader shooting and a 50-target Sporting Clays Course consisting of 10 stations of fast moving rabbits, high flying ducks and everything in between.
That, plus there’s trout fishing for kids in a cordoned off section of Kistler Creek that is located on the grounds. Over 300 trophy size trout, compliments of Rothrock Motors, The Storage Centers of RAB Management Group and Limestone Springs Trout Nursery, will be stocked for children to try their luck at a lunker. Youngsters will be furnished with cane poles, hooks and bait in an attempt to hook into a hungry trout. Veteran anglers will be on hand to assist the novice anglers and that includes a retired Pennsylvania Waterways Conservation Officer who knows a thing or two about trout fishing. This free attraction often spawns a lifelong angler.
If you’re an archer or bowhunter, you can try your luck at shooting Weaknecht Archery’s 50-target 3D course set up in a variety of terrain on the grounds. New this year will be a “Traditional Shoot” that places targets at moderate distances and a “Modern Archery” course where targets are set at more difficult distances. There will also be a running deer target. Bring your bow and a $10 entrance fee for the shoots. At the conclusion of the show on Sunday, all the targets will be auctioned off by Zettlemoyer Auctioneers of Fogelsville.
Want to try shooting at something different? Try Jason Lentz’s archery novelty shoot whose targets are floating ping-pong balls, foam turkey heads and the staunch Iron Buck.
An expanded version of last years Dogs of War Vietnam Reenactment and Encampment Group will return with an actual shooting skirmish being held in the late afternoon hours each day. The soldiers will be utilizing blank ammo for a combat type scenario.
If you have a hunting dog that excels in the field, enter the Bird Dog Competition, which is a timed competition to see how fast your dog can find live (caged) birds in the field. The event is limited to 20 dogs on a first come basis. Prizes will be awarded at the completion of the event.
On the other hand, if you have a dog and need some pointers on teaching it to hunt, the owners of Pheasant Valley Farm Shooting Preserve will give seminars on training your dog plus demonstrate their methods. Seminar times are 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
If you’re into antiques, Joe Eder, who is a local authority on hunting and fishing collectables, will be displaying his extensive collection of vintage sportsmen’s art, posters
Amateur shutterbugs can enter the 2nd Annual Photography Contest, which this year is based on the theme “Nature’s Beauty.” Up to three photos may be submitted on mounted matt boards no larger than 16x20 inches. An entry fee of $3 is charged and photos may be dropped off before Aug. 8 at one of these locations: Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill; Bob’s Taxidermy in Orefield; or Weaknecht Archery in Kutztown. Entries submitted after this deadline must be delivered to Kempton Fairgrounds on Saturday morning, Aug. 23, at 8 a.m. Winners will receive Cabela’s gift cards.
If there’s one incentive to bring a youngster along, it’s the generous donation by East Penn Re-Builders owner Ed Razzis who is donating a new Remington 870 youth shotgun that will be given away in a drawing at the end of the show. Parents and their youngsters should stop by the information booth in the Main Hall to register.
Adults too are invited to register for a free duck hunt donated by Randy Birch Outfitters in Chincoteague Island, VA. For details on the hunt call 757-336-6181.
This year’s show will feature an adult skills competition for men and women 16 and older. Sponsored by Cabela’s of Hamburg, it will include testing your non-physical skills in marksmanship, angling and outdoor knowledge. Prizes furnished by Cabela’s will be awarded to the winners. All equipment will be supplied at each station or contestants can bring their own shotgun, bow or fishing rod, but entrants must register at the information booth to obtain a scorecard.
There will also be a Jr. Lehigh Valley Outdoorsmen’s competition for kids 16 and under and will be comprised of four similar stations. Prizes will be mailed to the top three high scorers.
For scouts, be it boy or girl, the show is hosting a Scouts Challenge consisting of a 10-station course to test their BB gun marksmanship, tomahawk throwing, casting accuracy, knot tying and other events. Winners will receive cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 for the three top finishers. Last year, scouts from three states and 25 troops attended the show and participated in the challenge.
If you’d like to see how cut trees are sawed and milled, GC Lumber from Orefield will be demonstrating these methods and how they make various cuts of hardwoods with their portable sawmill. The processed wood will be available for purchase and the remainder auctioned off Sunday afternoon of the show.
For the first 300 attendees coming into the show, Weaknecht Archery will be giving door prizes. And all show-goers can sign up to win a Prime Archery compound bow and a Parker crossbow at the information booth.
Lest we forget, the ever-popular Hunting/Fishing Flea Market always features an array of new, used and “experienced” outdoor gear for sale. If you’d like to register for a booth, check www.lvhfe.com. But don’t delay since there is only so much space available in the pavilion.
Last but not least, the show has a new sponsor in addition to major supporters Rothrock Motors and Horwith Freightliners. Hatfield Quality Meats is onboard as they too share strong family values and care about preserving our outdoor heritage. Says Bob Danenhower, “Hunters, when my deer meat is gone, I head to Hatfield.”
Show hours both days are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. with a $5 admission for adults; $1 for kids ages 8-12; kids under 8 are free as are uniformed scouts and their leaders. Parking is also free.
Kempton Fairgrounds is located off I-78 (Exit 40) at Krumsville. From there take Route 737N to Kempton. For more information check the shows’ website (www.lvhfe.com) or call 610-398-7609/610-683-7405.