2010-02-04 / Sports

Allegheny Sports Show Set For February 17-21

This year the Allegheny Sport, Travel & Outdoor Show will mark a quarter-century of providing outdoors expertise for sportsmen across western PA. The show, which is sponsored by Coors Light Beer and runs from Wednesday, February 17, through Sunday, February 21, will celebrate its silver anniversary with a permanent move to the brand new Monroeville Convention Center.

Produced by Expositions Inc., the area’s only show dedicated to hunting, fishing and camping will offer hundreds of state-of-theart exhibitors, dozens of live demonstrations, and many highly respected seminar presenters. With a nonstop schedule of experts, the program will wow attendees with some of sports’ finest pros and biggest money winners.

“For 25 years we’ve showcased the most sought-after experts, a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment, and some of the most exciting entertainment in the country,” said show producer Chris Fassnacht. “As our thank-you to the Sports Show’s thousands of loyal fans, we’re celebrating our silver anniversary with an even bigger and better exhibition in a beautiful new facility.”

Fishing fanatics will be lured by Capt. Vince Pierleoni’s expertise on Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. And archers will want to check out Odie Sudbeck’s Awesome Antler Collection, learn new calls from turkey call pro Ken Hammel of Mountain Hollow Game Calls, and take heed of hot tips for hunting dog obedience from expert Rich Kerlin.

Back by popular demand is a hardy lineup of presentations by animal experts from Ohio’s Jungle Island Zoo. Some of these beasts will be found in the “Please-Touch” petting zoo and indoor pony rides while the more dangerous creatures will be featured in “Snakes On A Stage” performances and the new Snake Hut – a slithering space designed only for the most fearless!

Among local outdoor sports authorities, the Allegheny Sport Show is particularly noted for its hunting outfitters who hail from as far away as Maine, Colorado and even South Africa. They offer a range of state-of-the-art equipment that’s often difficult to locate at local retailers. But less experienced sportsmen will also want to stop by to check out the rods, reels, lures, hunting gear, electronic navigational devices and other equipment that’s slated to be on sale at some of the best prices of the season.

And those planning spring and summer vacations will want to chat with the show’s many seasoned travel professionals. On-the-go types can coordinate fun family camping adventures, adventuresome fishing charters, and even once-in-a-lifetime hunting excursions in exotic locales.

In addition, experienced fishermen from the Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League will be on hand at the indoor trout pond to offer novice enthusiasts advice for casting and angling. The proceeds from this exhibit benefit youth conservation programs in Allegheny County.

Admission to the 2010 Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show is $8.50 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. “Dollar Off” coupons for the show are available at participating McDonald’s restaurants and beverage stores that sell Coors Light.

The brand new Monroeville Convention Center – just across the lot from the original site – offers free parking and a convenient ground level entrance.

Show hours are Wednesday, February 18, 3 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, February 19, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday, February 20, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, February 22, to a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show, call Expositions, Inc. at 1-800-600-0307 or visit the Web site at www.sportandtravel.com.

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