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Press Release – November 2012

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Fort Wayne Outdoor Show sports new dates in January

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The fourth annual Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show is set for Jan. 25-27,
almost two months earlier than its usual March date, to provide guests with the ultimate outdoorturned-
indoor experience before spring arrives.

The total-lifestyle event will span 108,000 square-feet at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, 4000
Parnell Ave., in Fort Wayne and is the first large consumer show of the year in the Tri-State area.
“We want our audience to have a better window of time to explore all aspects of leisure and
recreation in the midst of winter,” said David Marquart, director of operations for Coliseum
Productions. “Once they have the proper tools, people can embrace warm weather when it

Every year, the show attracts nearly 10,000 outdoor enthusiasts and families. “Our show not only
tailors to all season sports, but expands upon a plethora of ways on how people can travel and
live,” Marquart said.

Over 150 exhibitors will offer show-only bargains, expert advice and the opportunity to compare,
test and purchase top-quality products and services in the following categories:

  • Biking, Hiking, Camping and Fitness
  • Mountain bikes, touring bikes, trails, maps, tents, packs, gear, apparel, fitness equipment
  • Hunting and Fishing
  • Canadian & Alaskan outfitters, bows, rods, tackle, gear, trips, guides, apparel, accessories
  • Boats and Water Sports
  • Powerboats, sailboats, personal watercraft, canoes & kayaks, docks & piers
  • Vacation and Travel
  • Lodging, cruises, charters, guides, adventure travel, tourism bureaus, resorts, campgrounds &
  • destinations, hunting trips, fishing trips, trails
  • RVs and Motor Sports
  • RVs, ATVs, motorcycles, trucks & accessories, jet skis, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, custom
  • choppers, towable campers, luxury coaches
  • Cottage Living
  • Log cabins & timber-frame homes, one-of-a kind rustic furnishings & décor, patio lifestyles, idyllic
  • land parcels for sale, green building, wood products

“And you certainly don’t have to be outdoors to watch lumberjacks throw axes, chop wood, roll
logs or carve with chainsaws,” Marquart said. “We’re fully equipped to bring the woods inside
with our new lumberjack shows!”

STIHL Timberworks Lumberjack Shows have been featured on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, ESPN
Jeep Trails, Discovery Channel’s The Travelers, MTV’s The Real World and Road Rules, and the
Outdoor Life Network. During the lumberjacks first-ever visit to the Hoosier state, they will
perform three shows per day and entertain audiences with a nostalgic logging competition
reflecting the early 1900s.

Additional show features and attractions include:

• Over 50 educational seminars, demos and clinics. Listen and watch Gander Mountain
fishing and archery experts share their tricks of the trade next to master hunters, log and
timber-frame home designers and canine handlers as they educate visitors on a wide variety
of topics on three stages all weekend. The Sniper Company will provide shouting safety
demos along with a new air rifle shooting range.
• Harley-Davidson simulator. Ehlerding Motorsports will offer free stationary motorcycle
rides and educate guests on how to shift gears, all without the risk of falling.
• 25,000-galloon lagoon. Guests can cruise the show in the water while taking a kayak or
canoe for a test spin, sponsored by Rock104.
• Family fun. A 40-foot video game arcade will provide multi-player fishing and hunting
games, all for free. Kids can participate in a fishing contest with two stocked fishing ponds,
or play in the sand at the 400 square-foot indoor beach, both sponsored by WLDE and
• Log & timber-frame homes. Gastineau Log Homes will showcase a beautiful pre-built oak
cabin on site, fully furnished and available for purchase, brought to you by K105.
• Duck calling contest. Hunters can emulate duck calls as they compete against one another
to see who produces the best quack on Saturday, Jan. 26, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited.
• Door prizes given away every hour, every day! Every attendee will receive coupons from

Dick’s Sporting Goods and Gander Mountain, and have the opportunity to win thousands
of dollars worth in giveaways like fishing trips, tents, bikes and kayaks.
Show hours are Friday, noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost is $10 for adults with admission valid all weekend; children 16 and under are admitted free of

Three-dollar discount coupons are available at Fort Wayne Gander Mountain and Dick’s Sporting
Goods stores, as well as Ehlerding Motorsports.

Starting Dec. 1, a special $5 coupon will be available on the show’s website for a limited time only
allowing guests VIP access to bypass registration lines.

Guests attending the Mizpah Shrine Circus the same weekend can receive $2 off admission by
presenting a ticket stub, valid with no other combined offers.

Show sponsors are Ehlerding Motorsports, John Deere, Dick’s Sporting Goods, RV Center and
Gander Mountain. All attendees receive a free subscription to Log Cabin Homes magazine.

The Memorial Coliseum offers safe, secure and lighted parking for $4 per car in the main lot. There
is a convenient drop-off and pick-up zone located in the circle drive, just off eastbound Coliseum

For more information on the Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show, log on

Coliseum Productions is a team of seasoned consumer event management and sales professionals
that produces top-notch shows across the country. Their management team has more than 50 years
of experience with more than 3,000 events in 250 cities in the US and Canada.

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