The Tinley Park Fishing & Outdoors Show picked up a nice coup for this afternoon to highlight week six of showtime around Chicago outdoors..
Tinley Park Fishing & Outdoor Show: IDNR director Marc Miller will talk on fishing Illinois State Parks at 1 p.m. today, a nice pickup for show managers.
Speaking of show managers, I should say show manager, Rich Komar, just nails his audience. This is a show that south suburban people make a destination.
My Downstate buddy Jeff Lampe of PrairieStateOutdoors.com even shamelessly copied the model for a show, the Elmwood All Outdoors Show, he is starting this year on March 6-7. Similar to the Tinley show it is to benefit a school.
Other daily speakers at Tinley are Cat Matt Jones (10 a.m.), Todd Gessner (11:30 a.m.) and Ryan Standke (2:30 p.m.)
The stars of this show are not just the stars but the booths, one of the reasons for the show's success.
For info, go to tinleyparkfishingshow.com.
Henry Decoy Show: It is Sunday this year. This is probably the show I must regret never having visited. Not because I would buy or collect a decoy. That's not my style, but this stuff just fascinates me.
The show will have a bittersweet flavor this year. It is being held in memory of Don Clark, who passed away on Dec. 16. I had the pleasure of meeting him once, and he literally was the heart and soul of the Henry Decoy Show since its conception in 1968.
It's at the Henry-Senachwine High School on Route 29 in Henry. Contact Susan or Bruce Bauter at (309) 364-4104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING OUTDOOR SHOWS
Show, dates: site, contacts
Our World-Underwater, Feb. 19-21, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, www.ourworldunderwater.com
Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Feb. 26-28, Interstate Center, Bloomington, deerinfo.com/illinoishome.asp
Chicago Maritime Festival, Feb. 27, Chicago History Museum, chicagomaritimefestival.org
Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, Feb. 27-28, Expo Center, Valparaiso, Ind., nwisteelheaders.org
Lake Home & Cabin Show, March 5-7, Schaumburg Convention Center, www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 10-14, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis., www2.jsonline.com/sportsshow
Canoecopia, March 12-14, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia
Indoor Fishing Flea Market, March 13, Rolling Meadows High School, by the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters and the RMHS Choral Boosters, www.muskiesinc.org/chapters/03/indoorFishingFleaMarket.asp
Travel and Adventures Show, March 20-21, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, adventureexpo.com
Great Outdoors Expo, March 27-28, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock, greatoutdoorsexpo.net
National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show, April 23-24, Pheasant Run, St. Charles, midwestdecoy.org