The Hammond Outdoor Sports Show bridges the gap this weekend between the biggest week of outdoor shows around Chicago last week and the big show, America's Outdoor Show, coming next week.
But for week two of the outdoor show season around Chicago outdoors, the 27th Hammond Outdoor Show is the show.
The complete list of remaining shows is below. I included two collectible shows, one long-running flea market and some of the shows on fringes of the Chicago area. And I added the ISA's Bronzeback Blowout.
And that is no mistake, both the place and dates for the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic were moved.
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I did not make the show the last couple years, but probably will this year. This is one of the most kid friendly anywhere with minnow races, a trout pond, bobber fishing and Wii fishing.
And the presenters are nearly all people I know or have done something with, they are people who talk about things and areas where we actually hunt and fish: Chae Dolsen, Chauncey Niziol, Mike Mladenik, Capt. Ralph Steiger, David Kolb, Larry Coleman, Capt. Chuck Weis, Ed Mullady, Mike Echterling and Capt. Mike Orr.
Jan. 26-30: America's Outdoor Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Jan. 27-30: Strictly Sail Chicago, Navy Pier
Feb. 12-13: Tinley Park Fishing & Outdoors Show, Tinley Park High School
Feb. 13: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School, (309) 364-4104 or email@example.com
Feb. 26: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum
Feb. 26-27: Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, Expo Center, Valparaiso, Ind.
March 4-6: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center
March 4-6: Rockford Boat Show and companion Fishing & Outdoor Expo, Indoor Sports Center, Rockford
March 5-6: Great Outdoors Expo, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock
March 5: BRONZEBACK BLOWOUT, Joe Cornwall, Featured Speaker, Elmhurst American Legion
March 5-6: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood High School and Grade School
March 12: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School
March 25-27: Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Peoria Civic Center
April 29-30: National Antique Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles