Mark calendars for these outdoors, boat shows


It’s show time! Starting soon, Cleveland’s IX Center will be stuffed with boats and bucks as the annual Mid-American Boat Show and the Outdoor Adventure Show open under the same roof.

The boat show runs Thursday, Jan. 15 through Monday, Jan. 19, and the outdoor adventure show is set for a three-day run beginning Friday, Jan. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 18, according to published dates.

Right place to buy

For boat shoppers, the Mid-American Boat Show is an absolute must.

Known nationally as one of the top early season consumer boat shows, it is the right time and right place to buy a new boat. The selection is there and marine dealers have huge discounts and special perks to offer.

Dealers agree that it is more of a sale than a show. That’s why it considered a consumer show.

The boat show features great deals and a nice selection of new boats to shop while the sport show hosts a wide variety of exhibits, products, and popular outdoor personalities.

Both of these events can be found online with schedules, entertainment, specials, and ticket prices.

More on tap

These two well-attended shows kick off the sport show season and offer a change of scenery for winter weary outdoor enthusiasts.

Next up is the Sportsman’s Super Show and Sale (formerly the Fish and Field Hunting and Fishing Show) set for March 6, 7, and 8, 2015. This show will be held at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles, Ohio.

Certainly the mother of all sports shows is the nine-day Great American Outdoor Show set for Feb. 7-15, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The show features over 1,000 exhibitors, countless events, contests, and a spread of celebrity appearances.

It is really tough to wrap a visit to this show in less than two days so don’t count on doing this thing in anything less than a long day of touring 650,000 square feet of everything outdoors.

For the sportsman thinking about a hunting or fishing trip, the show houses hundreds, not dozens, hundreds of outfitters offering trips and adventures including western adventures, African safaris, and fishing fun top to bottom. If you’ve dreamed it, you can find it here.

This show is a must-see for serious outdoor enthusiasts. Go to www.great and make plans to attend.

Preppers Ball

Organizers of the upcoming Preppers Ball to be held Feb. 21, 2015, at the Summit County Fairground Arena promise an evening full of food, fun, interesting presentations, and $10,000 in door prizes and raffles.

Preppers, according to event organizer Amanda Suffecool, are people who believe that being prepared for any sort of disaster is a smart thing. It’s a way of life for many and in some degree, for many others and the Preppers Ball is designed to be educational, social, and informational.

Former NFL player and current local radio talk show host Bob Golic will emcee the event, according to fire arms expert Suffecool, who also organized a recent fashion show for women interested in clothing and accessories designed to conceal hand guns.

For more information or tickets go to or contact Suffecool at


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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.



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