May 22 07:03 PM

Outdoor Weekend kicks off

Woods-N-Water News show runs Sept. 5-7 in Imlay

Showgoers can take home a new hunting buddy from the puppy tent, outdoor gear and gadgets from more than 175 vendors and enjoy some good food at the Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Show this weekend at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds.

September 03, 2008
IMLAY CITY — It's a certain sign that fall is just around the corner when the gates open this weekend to the 22nd Annual Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend show.

The popular event kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds and runs through Sunday.

As usual, the three day schedule is filled with 'back by popular demand' events including the Ultimate Air Dogs dock jumping competition.

"The unique feature is not only great family entertainment, it's an open participation event," said Woods' editor Tom Campbell.

"All dogs are invited to jump on Friday and qualify for finals Saturday and Sunday."

Registration times on Friday are 5 and 7 p.m. with competition slated for 6 and 8 p.m. Visit to learn more.

Other show favorites include the puppy tent where a variety of hunting breeds will be for sale, Saturday's Camp Chili Cook-off and Sunday's Birds of Prey show.

"Primitive skills workshops, interpretive Native American dances and an official Civil War encampment are all free events that showgoers enjoy," Campbell said.

New this year, everyone who walks through the gates could win a 2009 Arctic Cat ATV 400 simply by entering a free drawing. Entrants will be asked, but not required to donate to the Woods-N-Water news Outdoor Foundation which offers grants to programs promoting the outdoors in the Michigan.

The winning name will be drawn on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Arctic Cat display. The giveaway is made possible by Lumberjack Shack and Arctic Cat.

Free daily seminars with outdoor experts are also planned. Steve Francis of Almont's Country Smoke House will demonstrate his popular field dressing and butchering techniques and offer tips on sausage making and venison preparation.

Charlie Linblade will share history of hunting dogs and offer demonstrations with setters, pointers and retrievers.

In the seminar hall, topics such as deer hunting, blood tracking and deer food plots will be discussed.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy Richard English's array of wild animals and a host of attractions ranging from demonstrations to seminars and more.

Randy's Hunting Center will auction off 150 guns on Sunday. Most will be on display during the weekend at the green building.

Free appraisals of sporting collectibles, especially vintage fishing tackle, will also be offered.

More than 175 merchants will be selling hunting and fishing gear, gadgets and much more. Food and refreshments are available throughout the three day event.

Admission is $7 for adults, kids 12 and under are free and parking is free.

Show hours are Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 724-0254 or visit

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