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Outdoor Weekend is here!

Annual Woods-N-Water News event kicks off in Imlay City this Friday

Families walk through the Wood-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend at the fairgrounds last year. This year’s show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

September 09, 2009
IMLAY CITY — Ready or not, fall is around the corner and there's no better way to embrace the great outdoor season than by heading to the 23rd Woods-N-Water News Annual Outdoor Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds.

Woods' Editor Tom Campbell said the show began as a way to connect with their readers and now outdoor enthusiasts from across Michigan flock to Imlay City for some novel family fun.

"This year's fall extravaganza is another celebration of our outdoor heritage," Campbell said.

A new event that's already generating lots of interest is the three day 3-D shooting tournament offered by Woods-N-Water News and X-Factor Archery. Even experienced shots will be challenged by the 3-D pop up and moving targets.

On Friday, young archers will compete in the youth championships, Saturday is the open shoot for adults and Sunday is an invitational team championship.

"Come out and watch participants, including local talent, compete for some great cash prizes," Campbell said.

Familiar and favorite faces return to the Outdoor Weekend to share their knowledge and expertise—Milt and Brian Wilcox and The Ultimate Air Dogs; Steve Francis of Country Smoke House with deer field dressing and sausage making seminars; Bill Yoder's Live Deer display, Odie Sudbeck's world record antler display, Commemorative Bucks of Michigan scoring big game animals, Richard English's exotic animals display, and Charlie Linblade's dog training/handling demonstrations.

Other popular attractions returning include the puppy tent, a Camp Chili Cook Off on Saturday, free hunting seminars, a climbing wall, Freeway Sports Center waterfowl area and the frontier and civil war encampments.

"Also back this year is the Ultimate Portable U.P. Deer Camp, big enough for 10-11 hunters, complete with hot and cold running water, complete cooking center (that would rival many restaurant grills), bunks, gun rack and of course…the kitchen sink," Campbell said.

Friends Robert Smithers and Dean Losee look forward to sharing their unique camp with showgoers.

The Outdoor Weekend features 175 exhibitors selling hunting equipment, fishing tackle, ATVs, boats, waterfowl supplies, bows, guns, outdoor clothing and related gear and much more.

"We have a lot more vendors coming this year than ever before," Campbell said.

"It should be a great opportunity to get some good deals."

Local dog owners are invited to get in on the Ultimate Air Dog jumping competition. On Friday, open qualifying rounds will be held at 6 and 8 p.m, with registration for each at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.

Winners will move on to contests on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit the Ultimate Air Dog Web site at

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

Admission is $7 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is free.

For more information, visit the Web site

or call 724-0254.

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