Show season begins next week in the Chicago area with an added bang. A show list is below.
The release of this 57-inch by Dale MacNair set the muskie world on its ear Nov. 28. Was it a world record?
Now you will be able to hear muskie historian Larry Ramsell interview MacNair on opening night of the Chicago Muskie Show at Harper College in Palatine at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. The replica of the monster 57 x 33 fish will be in the Rick Lax Reproductions booth, as will MacNair.
Here's the three--MacNair, Julie Cashaback and Sal Rotolo--who helped boat and release MacNair's muskie. I run a more complete tale of the catch Sunday in the Sun-Times outdoors.
2009 OUTDOOR SHOWS
Dates: show, site, contacts
Jan. 8-11: All-Canada Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles, (800) 325-6290, allcanada.com
Jan. 9-11: Chicago Muskie Show, Harper College, Palatine, (847) 328-6200, www.chicagomuskieshow.com
Jan. 10: Outward Bound 2009 with Jimmy Sites, Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene, Kankakee, www.outdoorlifeadventures.org
Jan. 10-11: Adventures in Travel Expo, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, www.adventureexpo.com
Jan. 14-18: Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, McCormick Place, (312) 946-6242, www.ChicagoBoatShow.com
Jan. 17-18: Hammond Outdoor Sports Show, Jean Shepherd Community Center, Hammond, Ind., sportsshow.gohammond.com
Jan. 21-25: Chicagoland Outdoors Show, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, chicagolandsportshow.com
Jan. 23-25: Midstate Fish & Feather Expo, Interstate Center, Bloomington, www.midstatefishandfeather.com
Jan. 29-Feb. 1: Strictly Sail Chicago, Navy Pier, www.strictlysail.com
Feb. 7-8: Tinley Park Fishing & Outdoor Show, Tinley Park High School, tinleyparkfishingshow.com
Feb. 12-15: Schaumburg Boat & Sportshow, Schaumburg Convention Center, SchaumburgBoatShow.com
Feb. 15: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School, Henry, (309) 364-4104. (DATE CORRECTED)
Feb. 18-22: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, www.thervshow.com
Feb. 20-22: Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, Schaumburg Convention Center, www.greatwatersflyfishingexpo.com
Feb. 20-22: Our World-Underwater, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, www.ourworldunderwater.com
Feb. 20-22: Rockford Boat Show and companion Fishing & Outdoor Expo, Indoor Sports Center, Rockford, showtimeproduction.net
Feb. 27-March 1:Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Interstate Center, Bloomington, www.deerinfo.com
Feb. 28: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum, www.chicagomaritimefestival.org
Feb. 27-March 1: Chicago Fishing Sports Show & Outdoors Expo, Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, Lynwood, www.chicagofishingexpo.com
Feb. 28-March 1: Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, Expo Center, Valparaiso, Ind., www.nwisteelheaders.org
Feb. 28-March 1: Deerfield Outdoor Show, Deerfield High School, www.deerfieldoutdoorshow.com
March 4-8: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis., www.jsonline.com/sportsshow
March 6-8: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center, www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com
March 13-15: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia
March 14: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School, by the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters and the RMHS Choral Boosters.
March 21: Fishing College 2009, Kankakee County Fairgrounds, Matt Mullady headlines, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., www.tdjfishingcollege.com (ADDED)
March 24: Quad County Hawg Hunters annual fishing seminar and fundraiser, Eric Haataja, Yorkville American Legion, doors open at 5:30 p.m., $10 (under 10 free). Contact Duane Landmeier, (815) 286-7170
March 28-29: Great Outdoors Expo, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, www.greatoutdoorsexpo.net (ADDED)
April 24-25: National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles, www.midwestdecoy.org