Dan Basore keeps busy during show season around Chicago outdoors, but even he is starting to wind down as we hit week 10 for showtime, albeit a big week.
Basore, the west suburban historian/colelctor (that's him in the background at America's Outdoor Show past his poster of `The Fridge'' hawking Ugly Sticks), said ``for the last time we will have on display `The Old Tackle Shop' '' at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show.
For those who had a chance to see that display when it was at the Lake County Discovery Museum, it was something.else. I highly recommend seeing it if old style bait/tackle shops stir your memories.
I would tend to the show the biggest outdoors show near Chicago. It is at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis through Sunday.
For show info, go to www2.jsonline.com/sportsshow
Frank Hyla will kick of the grand opening/open house at Time on the Water Outdoors (formerly Riverview Marine) in Spring Valley this weekend. Call (815) 663-1000
If the weather hasn't already gotten you in the mood, the Indoor Fishing Flea Market is at Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday should. It is cosponsored by the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters and the RMHS Choral Boosters. Go to www.muskiesinc.org/chapters/03/indoorFishingFleaMarket.asp
Basa's Marine Tackle Swap is also Saturday in Bolingbrook. Call (630) 739-2272 or go to www.basasmarine.com
For paddlers, the big event is Canoecopia at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Friday through Sunday. Go to www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia
The Spring Fishing Classic is at the various Bass Pro Shops through Sunday. Go to basspro.com/classic
UPCOMING OUTDOOR SHOWS
Show, dates, site, contacts
Travel and Adventures Show, March 20-21, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, adventureexpo.com
Spring Fever Reliever, March 27, Henry's Sports, Bait & Marine, Chicago, (312) 225-8538 or www.henryssports.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