Going to the Washington Sportsmen's Show this weekend and wondering what may be waiting for you? We rounded up a few highlights:
1.Grills, grills, grills! Some of the top grilling and barbecuing experts in the country will be at this show competing in the first-ever Washington Sportsmen's Show Outdoor Cooking Competition. This competition runs every day of the show, and the grillers will even share their inside tips and tricks for better barbecuing through on-site cooking seminars. Check out the seminar schedules under "Outdoor Cooking" for who's coming to the showit's pretty impressive!
2.Kayak fishing. New for 2019 is the Kayak Fishing Pavilion. This new feature hosts some of the top kayak anglers from around the region, as well as the top kayak brands on display and for sale. Today's fishing kayaks are incredibly stable, seaworthy, affordable, and purpose-built for fishing.
3.Competitive cooking. Expert grillers and barbecue specialists will be traveling from all around North America to participate in the Washington Sportsmen's Show Outdoor Cooking Competition. Winners advance to other national and world competitions. Take the time to savor the sweet smells and abundance of talent that are attracted to this world-class event.
4.Walleye Alley. Walleye have become a serious option for anglers around the region. With more and more jumping on the 'Eye bandwagon, it was high time to celebrate these wonderful and delicious fish that have taken the northwest by storm. It's not really an "alley," but it's a collection of features all geared to walleye like a huge live walleye tank with local walleye as residents.
5.Garmin Tech Center. If you have a handheld GPS or fishfinder you'd like to get dialed in, this is the place to be. Of course, the emphasis will be on Garmin gear, but the information applies to most, if not all other brands. These educational opportunities are rare, and the sportsmen's show is where you'll find them.
6.Head-N-Horns above the rest. If 2018 was the year you bagged a trophy deer, elk, moose, goat or other game, then bring the head-n-horns to the show, have them scored and see if you're in line for a record or one of the great prizes that have been donated by such notable companies as Bushnell, Danner, Gerber, Fort Knox, Federal Premium, Honda, Primos, Ruger, and others.
7.Shop the sales. There are literally thousands of items on sale at the Washington Sportsmen's Showdeeply discounted sale items. Boats, clothes, tackle, camping and cooking equipment, knives, rods and reels, RV's, ATV's, food items, jewelry, art, ammo, and much, much more!
8.Attend some seminars. There are hundreds of hours of trip-enhancing, technique oriented, how-to, where-to, what-to-do seminars planned for this year's show. In fact, there are more than 50 seminars a day! Every seminar is presented by a leading expert and covers a broad array of topics in northwest hunting and fishing. For complete details on speakers, topics and times visit otshows.com. All seminars are free with your admission to the show.
9.Cutting edge technology. Kniveslots of them. What self-respecting outdoors person would go into the backcountry without a knife? Gerber (a sponsor of the show) will be there with their legendary knives and tools. Also at this year's Washington Sportsmen's Show are other noteworthy knife makers like Cutco Cutlery, Mode One Knives, Roe & Morris Knifemaking, and Texan Knives.
10.See what's new. Fishing tackle, apparel, optics, hunting gear, knives, vehicles, boats, and more will be making their debut at the Washington Sportsmen's Show.
11.Learn from the pros. Hundreds of full-time outdoor professionals will be manning booths, giving seminars, and making appearances at sponsor booths throughout the show. You can learn volumes talking to these pros. Take advantage of their time at the show and come armed with your questions and learn.
12.Dream big, plan your dream vacation. There's no better place to plan your next big adventure. Whether you're looking to stay in-state or travel, the Washington Sportsmen's Show has the answers you're looking for. Big game hunts, marlin fishing, DIY Alaska trips, Idaho DIY trips (check out the Idaho Fish and Game Seminar), Christmas Island fly fishing, premium salmon and steelhead adventures, guided bass trips, bird hunting and much, much more.
13.Buy a boat (or two). Most northwest anglers agree, one boat just doesn't cover everything you'd like to do. Having a small boat for those out-of-the-way places and a bigger boat for those other getaways you spend most of your time is par-for-the-course if you live here. Fortunately, you'll find both at the Washington Sportsmen's Show with a number of the area's top boat dealers showing off the best and brightest brands in northwest fishing, hunting, and outdoor adventure boats.
14.Take a kid fishing. The kid's trout pond sponsored by Baxter Auto Parts is an iconic favorite of this show. Free with admission into the show, kids 12 and under can try their luck at the trout pond. These burgeoning anglers get to keep what they catch. The gear is provided, so are the plastic bags but you're well-advised to have a small, trout-sized cooler in the car for the drive home.
15.Embrace technology. You'll find the latest and greatest in outdoor technology at the Washington Sportsmen's Show. Fishfinders you can cast and GPS that will get you back to where you started, to the very latest in boating sonar, radar and navigation technology along with experts to answer your questions are looking forward to sharing what they know on what's new.
The 2019 Washington Sportsmen's Show takes place January 23-27 at the Washington State Fair Events Center. Click here to buy tickets online and learn more.