IMLAY CITY — Outdoor lovers of all ages return to the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds Sept. 8-10 to celebrate the 2017 Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend.
Sponsored by Woods-N-Water News magazine, the 31st annual event is expected to attract thousands of people from Michigan, Canada and the Midwest.
Admission is $8 for adults and children age 12 and under are admitted free. Free parking is also available on the grounds.
Show hours are 5-9 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
This year's attendees will find more than 240 vendors offering the essentials and latest in outdoors equipment and merchandise.
Among the scheduled activities are: hunting seminars, wild animal exhibit, a gun auction, puppy tent, chainsaw carving contest, food vendors, climbing wall, the always popular chili cook-off, and airborne dogs competing in the Ultimate Air Dog Championships.
Father and son share love of hunting tradition at one of many vendor booths.
Visitors young and old will find all of the popular events and activities they've come to expect at the Outdoor Weekend.
Some of the activities include:
•Field dressing seminars on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, hosted by Steve and Sue Francis, owners of Almont's Country Smoke House.
•Reg Pettibone will again share his knowledge of Native American culture with interpretive dances and artifacts from the Ho-Chunk nation on Saturday and Sunday.
•Civil War reenactors and frontier encampment bring American history back to life. Reenactment participants include members of the 8th Arkansas and 22nd Michigan groups.
Additionally, members of Woods-N-Water News staff and contributing writers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their shared love and appreciation for the outdoors.
Activities for kids
For children and youth in attendance, the Outdoor Weekend offers various activities suited for their enjoyment.
Among them are the popular climbing wall, Imlay City Heritage Church's Youth Archery Shoot and Michigan Ducks Unlimited's young hunters waterfowl calling.
Of course, the Outdoor Weekend's puppy tent is a popular destination for children and parents seeking a pet or future hunting dogs.
Youngsters can also meet and have photos taken with the Woods-N-Water News mascot, "Bucky," who will make the rounds throughout the weekend.
For further information about the 31st Annual Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend, visit the website at: www.outdoorweekend.net or call 810-724-0254.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.