Outdoor Show, Feb. 18-22
Inside the Outdoors, January 30
, 2015

If one is an outdoor enthusiast and wants to get out of the cold in February, the upcoming annual Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show, held at the Monroeville Convention Center, will be the place one surely must visit.

This, the 30th year of bringing the best of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, all under one roof, will take place Wednesday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 22.

Featured this year will be Chris and Casey Keefer, Pittsburgh natives and stars of the television outdoor channel programs Project Alaska and BackCountry: Quest. These two brothers stopped at nothing when they went in search of whitetail deer, trophy-caliber black bears, or rutting bull elk. Their shows, said to be hugely popular in viewing, displayed the Keefers’ high energy hunts and survival treks. If one wishes to hear their presentation, meet them personally, and possibly get their autographs, they will be on stage Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20.

Also on hand will be Theresa Vail, star of the new show on the outdoor channel, Limitless. A former U.S Army sergeant and Miss Kansas 2013, she will bring to the Center the subject she loves to talk about the most, hunting.

Vail, an avid bow hunter and official NRA spokesperson, will host several seminars on Saturday, Feb. 21 only. Anyone who loves the sport will want to share stories with this marksman. This would be a good chance to also thank her for serving and protecting our freedoms in our country.

Another outdoor channel star who will be on hand for this outdoor extravaganza will be Hal Shaffer, star of the show, “Drop Zone.” Said to have an infectious personality and tremendous love of the outdoors, he will relate his stories about pursuing whitetails, elk, mule deer, waterfowl, turkey and other game with equal passion.

Holder of the title of the world’s record black bear, Shaffer prefers using a rifle to pursue his game. Also a skilled gunsmith, one will want to hear what tactics he uses in the field and in his shop to perfect his approaches with this weapon.

He is scheduled to appear only on Sunday, Feb. 22.

New for 2015, the local chapter of the organization Heroes on the Water will be on hand to talk about their mission to help our Nation’s warriors and veterans heal, unwind, and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow veterans through kayak fishing. This volunteer-based organization gives veterans the chance to get out on the water and decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation.

Veterans looking to get involved or kayak fishermen interested in volunteering can stop by the Heroes on the Water booth.

Back by popular demand are the spine-tingling animal adventures of the Wild World of Animals. Pittsburgh’s own Grant Kemmerer will showcase his wild menagerie of exotic and lethal creatures including an African spotted leopard, Siberian lynx, baby black leopard, kangaroo, and even a bearded pig! Kemmerer’s fast-paced, entertaining and educating program is sure to be a crowd-pleasurer for children and adults alike.

According to Show Producer Chris Fassnacht, “We have assembled and exciting lineup that is going to make our 30th anniversary show one of the best in recent memory. Our cutting-edge product demonstrations and expert seminars will be invaluable resources for avid sportsmen and women, but we are also excited to introduce families to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.”

He continued on by stating, “Western Pennsylvania’s only sporting and outdoor show celebrates the diversity of the region’s natural resources and outdoor traditions treasured by thousands in the region. Because parking and admission for children age 12 and under are free, the Sport Show offers family fun at an incredible value.”

Those contemplating spring and summer vacations will want to chat with the Show’s many seasoned travel professionals from as close as Ohio Pyle and as far away as Africa. From family camping trips, fishing charters, and even once-in-a-lifetime hunting excursions in exotic locales, on-the-go types can start planning their next adventure at the Show.

Admission to the Show is $9 for adults with a $3 discount coupon available at over 260 greater Pittsburgh area Subway restaurants starting Feb. 6. To find the nearest Subway restaurant, you can use their store locator. Without the coupon, regular adult admission is $12. Children 12 and under along with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who are in uniform will receive free admission.

Show hours are: Wednesday and Thursday, Feb 18 and 19, 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 20, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb 21, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For the complete schedule of fishing and hunting seminars, visit the show’s website or call 1.800.600.0307.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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