April 22 • 06:24 AM

Outdoor Weekend is here!

Woods-N-Water News hosts 24th annual event in Imlay Sept. 10-12

Families and friends enjoy early autumn weather and refreshments at Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend at Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds last year.

September 08, 2010
IMLAY CITY — What began 24 years ago as a kickoff to Michigan's deer hunting season, the Woods-N-Water News "Outdoor Weekend" has since transformed into a "must-attend" event for the entire family.

The 2010 Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend runs Friday through Sunday, Sept. 10-12, at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds in Imlay City.

Organizers Tom Campbell and Randy Jorgensen say the 24th annual event remains true to the interests of hardcore hunters and fishermen, while featuring myriad outdoor-related activities for men, women and children.

Youngsters typically flock to the popular "climbing wall" or to the Puppy Tent, where dozens of puppies are available for purchase or to cuddle with for photos. Information related to dog care and training is also provided at the tent.

Kids and parents can take a historical step back in time at the traditional Frontier and Civil War encampments. Visitors will hear timeless stories and native lore, while learning primitive skills, such as flintknapping, hide tanning, basket making and firestarting — minus matches. The Civil War encampment features members of the 8th Arkansas and 22nd Michigan Re-enactors groups, who willingly share historical information with attendees young and old.

Returning by popular demand is the "Ultimate Air Dogs," hosted by former Detroit Tiger pitcher Milt Wilcox and son, Brian Wilcox. The distance-jumping event is open to all dogs during Friday's qualifying round; to be followed by various final competitions on Saturday and Sunday.

Also returning for a second year is the Outdoor Weekend 3-D Championship, featuring mechanical moving and pop-up 3-D targets. Young shooters are invited to compete on Friday, while Saturday is reserved for "team shoots" and Sunday for an "open competition" for shooters from around the state.

Campbell, editor of Woods-N-Water News, is pleased by the participation of more than 175 exhibitors selling outdoor gear and equipment at reduced and competitive prices, just in time for hunting season.

Also on hand will be Country Smoke House owner Steve Francis and sons (of Almont Twp.), who will demonstrate field dressing and butchering techniques, followed by cooking tips from Country Smoke House Chef Ryan.

Other popular activities include the annual Camp Chili Cook-off on Saturday; Native American dance and cultural programs conducted by Reg Pettibone and family on Saturday and Sunday; and a Birds of Prey display on Sunday. Also on Sunday is a gun acution at Randy's Hunting Center, featuring 150 guns going up for bids.

The Imlay City Rotary Club is again sponsoring the beer tent throughout the weekend. A variety of popular food vendors will be on hand all weekend as well.

Admission to the Outdoor Weekend is $7 for adults, while children 12 and under are admitted free.

Show times are Friday, Sept. 10, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, call 800-387-7824 or visit

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.
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