Allegheny Sport Show Feb. 13 – 17
Inside the Outdoors, February 8
, 2013

Whether you wish to speak to someone on fishing from kayaks, empowering youth to become ambassadors for wildlife conservation or talk to Dale Fogg of Penns Wood Chapter Trout Unlimited for his opinion on the effect of fracking and its effect on rivers, plus much, much more, you won’t want to miss this year’s Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show, Wednesday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Monroeville Convention Center.

Attended by thousands of sportsmen and women from the surrounding counties, there is much in store for this year’s show.

This includes special features such as free youth hunting vests given out by Safari Club International to kids 15 and youngsters who visit the SCI booth Saturday and Sunday; free youth life jackets, distributed to the first 50 children who register at the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s booth and attend the safety seminar; special appearances of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch, from 5 –6 p.m. on Wednesday 13 and Guard Doug Legursky from 11 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Feb. 16. Both will pose for photos and sign autographs for fans. Then from 1 – 2 p.m., on that same day, a special appearance of Mr. Personality himself, the Pirate Parrot will stop over for a visit.

New this year to the Sport Show will be the presentation of wild world of animals. “Those with a penchant for exotic adventure won’t want to miss this act,” stated Show Producer Chris Fassnacht. “In his first ever appearance at the Sports Show, Pittsburgh’s own Grant Kemmerer will showcase his wild menagerie of exotic and lethal creatures including an African spotted leopard, cougar, North American grizzly bear, albino monocle cobra, and even a 100+ lb. alligator! Kemmerer’s fast-paced, entertaining and education program is full of laughs and spine-tingling animal adventures.”

This year’s 28th Anniversary Show promises a good number of state-of-the-art exhibits, dozens of demonstrations, and top-notch respected seminar presenters to see. Some of these will include Dennis Tubbs, PA bass expert, Bob Coblentz of the National Weather Service, and Rich Klein, discussing ‘Training Your Retriever.’

And because parking and admission for children age 12 and under are free, the Sport Show offers family fun and incredible value. More than 40,000 parking spaces are available.

As an avid angler, every year I go to show to speak to exhibitor Rich Lau from Law Lure Company in Pittsburgh. The story behind his discovery of his spinner baits is one he will take pleasure in telling every time he is asked. And for good reason, because the lure designer and his partner, Jim Williamson, have literally sold hundreds of his Death Shimmer Baits since his first introduction of it to the Show a number of years ago. Originally it came out with a thicker wire. Now it is thinner. Their presentation and video are worth their weight in gold as they prove that their lures are right on the top of among the best sellers.

The newer version, the Double Bladed Death Shimmer, has been selling lot hot cakes to the point that, in addition to small tackle shops, Cabella’s can’t even keep them in stock, they are so much in demand. In talking to Lau just recently, he told me their brand new introduction of the Double Trouble Tandem Spinner Bait will be making its debut at the Show. You’ll want to stop over to visit their booth for sure.

Admission to the 2013 Show is $10 for adults and youth, 13 and above. Two-dollar off coupons are available at participating McDonald restaurants. Show hours are Wednesday and Thursday respectively, Feb. 13 and 14, 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 15, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For complete schedule of fishing, hunting, boating, and travel seminars and Wild World of Animals Adventures, visit the Show’s website at


Don’t forget about buying your tickets for Annual Forbes Trail Chapter Trout Unlimited Banquet coming up on March 2. Remember, this is its only fundraiser. This one time get-together to raise funding will be held at the American Legion and costs only $30 each. Tickets may be obtained at The Angler’s Room, 333 Route 217, Latrobe, and Ligonier Outfitters, 127 W. Main Street, Ligonier only. None will be sold at the door.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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