Outdoor Show Annual Attraction
Inside the Outdoors, January
24, 2014

The 29th annual Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show is expected to draw thousands of area residents again this year as it will present feature guests at the Monroeville Convention Center in February.

Set for Wednesday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 16, the Show will feature Travis Turner from the wildly popular “The Bone Collector,” Eric Young from the Discovery Channel Animal Planet, in addition to hundreds of state-of-the-art exhibits.

And Pirate fans will get a special treat as three professional baseball greats will be on hand to greet visitors in addition to the ever popular Pirate Parrot. Bob Walk will make his appearance 2 – 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14; Sid Bream on Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. and Dick Groat, 1 – 3 p.m., Sunday. The loveable Pirate Parrot will be on hand Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1 – 2 p.m., to entertain guests of all ages.

One of the most respected archers in the industry, Travis Turner, will be featured in a program titled, “Hunting with T-Bone Travis Turner from The Wildly Popular “The Bone Collector.” He has earned his status as an ASA and APA professional shooter, while also winning the 1991 ASA World Championship and several state titles. His years as a pro, coupled with his role as owner of one of the country’s largest archery shops, makes him a natural host for “The Bone Collector” on the Outdoor Channel.

Now in the sixth season, the program allows viewers to become part of boy, muzzleloader, shotgun, and rifle hunts – and part of the brotherhood of sportsmen who have true passion for the game, land and lifestyle.

Turner’s exclusive Pennsylvania appearances are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 13.

According to show producer, Chris Fassnacht,”The former professional wrestling extraordinaire Eric young, known for superhero gimmicks, has gone off the deep end – literally! As host of Animal Planet’s “Off the Hook: Extreme Catches,” Young takes to the high seas with a quirky sense of humor and boundless creativity – constantly in search of nontraditional methods and materials to catch the big one.”

Young will host several seminar presentations on Saturday, Feb. 15.

I have attended these shows for the last five to ten years and can attest that each show has been entertaining, full of attractions and has something for everyone who loves the great outdoors. That is why Fassnacht states, “We offer solid information, state-of-the-art products, and some of the lowest prices of the season – all in one convenient location.”

New to this year’s event will be a “Utah Concealed Carry.” “This will be a seminar that will provide all the instruction, photography, fingerprinting, applications, and certificates necessary to qualify for a Utah CCW license, which is recognized in more than three dozen U.S. States,” said the show producer. “All instructions are NRA and Utah BCI certified,” he stated.

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh chapter of Safari Club International, this class will be offered from 5 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 13. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. Cost is $100 plus the permit application fee.

Back again will be the Wild Word of Animals featuring “lethal creatures, including an African spotted leopard, cougar, North American grizzly bear, albino monocle cobra and even a 100-pound alligator. Pittsburgh’s own Grant Kemmerer will entertain and educate viewers with a program of laughs and “spine-tingling animal adventures.”

And dads and moms, if you have children 15 years of age and younger, pay attention to this! The Safari Club International will distribute free fluorescent orange hunting vests to the first 50 young people who visit SCI’s booth each day on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is doing something similar. On the same days, Saturday and Sunday, the first 50 children who register at its booth and attend the safety seminar will receive a free PFD life jacket.

This youth safety event is sponsored by Cabela’s sporting Goods, The Port of Pittsburgh and The Pittsburgh Safe Boating Council.

Admission to the 2014 Show is $10 for adults. If one has a discount coupon, good for $2, available at participating McDonald’s across the nation, one can apply it toward admission and only pay $8. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult admission.

Attention all veterans! From 6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, all veterans who present valid Veterans identification or discharge papers (Form DD214) will be admitted free.

For the complete schedule of fishing, hunting, boating, and travel seminars of Wild World of Animals adventures, visit the Show’s website at www.sportandtravel.com.

One of the country’s oldest show producers, Expositions, Inc. has produced almost 300 events in its 77-year history. More than 15 million consumers have attended these shows.

For more information about the Allegheny Sport, Travel an Outdoor Show, one may call Expositions, Inc. at 1-800-600-0307.

- Paul J. Volkmann
Contact me by email

To buy my book, Off the Wall Favorites, call me at 724-539-8850.