That was part of the view while I sat in the Heartland Outdoors booth yesterday at America's Outdoor Show. That's the booth where I will be much of Saturday.
But I gave my opening day view earlier today of the show, which runs through Sunday. Very simply, this is the big show for the year. It is worth seeing.
Illinois Fish & Feather Expo is at the Interstate Center in Bloomington Friday through Sunday. I have not been to this show, and won't be this year either.
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 that is no mistake, both the place and dates for the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic were moved.
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Feb. 5-6: Great Outdoors Show, Best Western Timber Creek, Sandwich
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