Events Approaching
Inside the Outdoors, February 12, 2010

Within the next two months, two events for the outdoorsmen and women will be taking place, one in Monroeville and the other, Latrobe. That should lift the eyebrows of any enthusiast.

First, at the Monroeville Convention Center, a new facility with spacious exhibition display area, will feature the 25th Annual Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show.

What I have found from my past visitations, don’t breeze in and think you are going to see and hear everything in a short amount of time. Very much the opposite. If I were you, I’d make a day of it, planning your plan of attack soon after your entry into the center.

This year the show will mark its silver anniversary, a quarter-century of providing expertise for sportsmen across western PA. The show, produced by Expositions Inc., and sponsored by Coors Light Beer, will run from Wednesday, February 17 thought Sunday, Feb. 21. Show hours will be 3 – 9 p.m. the first and second days, Friday, Feb. 19, noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the final day, Sunday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission for adults is $8.50. Hey parents! All kids under 12 are admitted free! One can get “Dollar Off” coupons for the show available at participating McDonald’s restaurants and beverage stores that sell Coors Light Beer.

On the opening day, there will be five seminar speakers, three of which include Ken Hammel, with his topic, “When You Talk the Talk, The Gobblers Will Walk the Walk, Rich Kerlin, Training Your Retriever, and Matt Wolfe, Pymatuning Walleye – An Update. One of the five features on Thursday will include Crash Mullins with his talk on Muskie Fishing 101. Friday, Captain Vince Pierleoni will enlighten those in attendance when he talks about Spring Brown Trout on Lake Ontario. Saturday, he discusses Flasher/Fly Trolling for Salmon, and on Sunday, Bob Kirschner will accent The Smell of Success. On the average, there are five to eight seminars per day.

Back by popular demand is a hardy line-up of presentations by animal experts from Ohio’s Jungle Island Zoo. Some of these beasts will be found in the “Please-Touch” petting zoo and indoor pony rides while the more dangerous creatures will be featured in “Snakes On A Stage” performances and the new Snake Hut – a slithering space designed only for the most fearless!

Something to keep in mind. The brand new Monroeville Convention Center across from the original site offers “free” parking and a convenient ground level entrance.

The second event, the 37th Annual 2010 Forbes Trail of Trout Unlimited Banquet and Raffle, is sneaking up on us fast. Punxutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but that shouldn’t hinder the fact that our senses should be dulled concerning the event of the year for raising money for conservation, restoration of resources and education of youth for Westmoreland County.

In regard to raising money, ticket sales for the event is very much a priority. Even if one chooses not to participate in the raffle, come and support the chapter that is looking out for you. Because of FTTU, there has been much improvement over the years concerning stream quality, repairing of the streambeds and their banks, and planting trees along sides as well. None of this could have happened without financial backing from ticket sales, yearly raffles, and drawings held during the banquet.

The cost is ONLY $25 for a ticket for admission and dinner. One has a choice of stuffed chicken breast or stuff pork chop dinner. In addition, for only $20 one can purchase 40 general raffle tickets. Hear ye, hear ye. Kids under the age of 16 get $20 worth of free general raffle tickets with the purchase of a dinner ticket.

Tickets may be purchased at: The Angler’s Room, 333 Rt. 217, Latrobe, one mile north of Kingston Dam, 724-537-0683; Loyalhanna Fishing Post, Route 30 East, Ligonier, 724-238-5551; Ligonier Outfitters, 127 Main St., Ligonier, 724-238-4900; or from yours truly via email at peevee73@ Please forward a phone number where someone can be reached for ticket payment and address.

You all come, now, won’t you?

- Paul J. Volkmann
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