With Illinois fisheries chief Debbie Bruce and IDNR director Marc Miller back to back on Saturday, the Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show keeps building a strong case as the top outdoor show around Chicago.
I expect about 10 times more than the 16 who showed up to hear Miller at the Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show a couple weeks ago.
Bruce will speak at 1 p.m. Saturday with Miller following at 2:30.
The Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show is Saturday-Sunday at Tinley Park High School.
Safe ice or open water, the 52nd annual Chain O' Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival, sponsored by the Northern Illinois Conservation Club, will go on Saturday and Sunday. It's headquartered at the Thirsty Turtle on Channel Lake.
Considering the cold over the next few days, the south end of Channel just might have fishable ice for the event But it goes on as an event either way.
There's some $5,000 worth of prizes and such.
The Henry Decoy Show is Sunday at the Henry-Senachwine High School.
There will be free appraisals (some beautiful old birds came in last year) by Rick Sandstrom of Midwest Decoy Collectors Association, Jon Deeter of Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter, and others.
REMAINING 2012 CHICAGO-AREA OUTDOOR SHOWS
Feb. 15-19: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Feb. 17-26: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Feb. 17-19: Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Feb. 17-19: Our World-Underwater, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont,
Feb. 17-19: Rockford Boat, Fishing and Vacation Expo, Indoor Sports Center, Rockford
Feb. 25: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum
March 3: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance's Bronzeback Blowout, featuring kayak fisherman Drew Gregory, Elmhurst American Legion Hall,
March 3-4: Great Outdoors Expo, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock
March 3-4: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood High School and Grade School
March 7-11: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.
March 9-11: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
March 10: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School
March 16-18: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center
March 18: Blue Island Firefighters Club's 46th annual Sport Show, 115 Bourbon Street, Merrionette Park. For tickets, call (708) 396-7072 or stop by Blue Island Fire Station No. 1.
March 23-25: Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Peoria Civic Center