I enjoyed being at America's Outdoor Show last week like I haven't enjoyed being at an outdoor show in a long time, and I was not alone according to attendance figures.
Owner Jim Sugarman e-mailed figures that showed a 28.5 percent jump in total attendance. That figure, which includes exhibitors and special event contractors, was 19,275, which compares to 15,000 last year.
Total confirmed attendees was 16,475, up from 13,331 last year, Sugarman said.
As to this weekend, weekend of the Super Bowl, there's only a lone new show.
Joe Bucher headlines the new Great Outdoors Fishing, Hunting, Boat, and RV Expo at Best Western Timber Creek in Sandwich Saturday and Sunday.
I added the basic info for Tony Grant's and Gregg Thomas's Cabin Fever Clinic 2011 on Feb. 19 in COMING UP below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 19: Musky Road Rules, Cabin Fever Clinic, Holiday Inn, Elk Grove Village
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