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Showtime: Rosemont show cancelled

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It's surprising, but not shocking, to hear that the big show around Chicago outdoors, the one in Rosemont, has been cancelled.

This was to be the first time that the Chicago-based National Marine Manufacturers Association put on the Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The Rosemont Show has had a checkered history and multiple owners over the past 15 years.

I thought last year's show, under then-owner Jim Sugarman, was the best outdoors show Chicago has seen since the mid-1990s.

But it didn't pay off and NMMA ended up buying the show, then made what is probably a smart business decision.

The Rosemont show, for all its pluses with easy access, central location and good floor space, also had serious drawbacks in high parking and entrance fees.

All the same, it was a big-time show with big names, a show worthy of Chicago.

I will miss it.

But the world evolves.

NMMA will concentrate on its Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show at McCormick Place.

Here is the word from NMMA PR manager Sarah Ryser:

We've just notified our exhibitors that the Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show is cancelled in order to address the industry's current market demand.

There just wasn't enough critical mass to warrant an acceptable selling environment for our exhibitors and a quality event for attendees. By moving forward without the Rosemont show, we'll be able to focus producing one dynamic show in the market, delivering a more robust landscape at NMMA's Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show and stronger selling environment for the Chicagoland boating, fishing, travel and outdoors industries.

The 2012 Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show was scheduled to take place January 25-29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

In the end, it doesn't say good things about the state of the outdoors, here and overall.

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Sorry Chicago has suffered this loss. The outdoor world will miss that show.
The good news? On February 3rd BEST WESTERN PLUS Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center in Sandwich, Illinois will host the 2nd Annual
Great Outdoors Fishing, Hunting, Boat & RV Expo!

For more information contact Becky Nelson @ 630-273-6000 ext 611 or via email at:

This NEWEST show to the Northern Illinois area promises to bring GREAT educating seminars and hunting / fishing demos as well as many attractions for all ages to enjoy! There will be giveaways all weekend long! Overnight lodging - Bar & Restaurant on site. LIVE Entertainment each night after the sports show closes! FREE PARKING and very reasonable participation rates as well as general admission starting at $5 per person! Kids 12 under are FREE!

FRIDAY 2/3 4-8PM
SATURDAY 2/4 10-6
SUNDAY 2/5 10-2

check it out...I know you will like what you see!

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