Spectacular Rail Jam wakeboarding splashes down in the newly renovated Coliseum, February 20-22 only!
The Rail Jam is an incredible entertainment spectacle that will delight both young and old alike. Light on wakeboarding knowledge? No worries. Renowned wakeboarding emcee, Dano the Mano will keep audience members entertained and “in the loop” as performers and competitors steez out, go full butterball, or burn the toast in their quest for wakeboarding supremacy. It’s a totally unique and robust brand of fun you won’t find anywhere else!
So, where’s the lake, you ask?
Good question. The Rail Jam uses an elaborate set-up consisting of two pools holding over 50,000 gallons of water. Nationally-known wakeboard competitors looking to stomp bionic air and sick tricks are dragged through a course of rails, sliders, jumps and other features by a high-speed, gas powered winch while feeding from the energy of audience members just a few feet away.
The Rail Jam will showcase both jaw-dropping wakeboarding demonstrations, as well as top-level sanctioned competition.
Chics With Axes – All New!
Timber Tina’s “World Champion Lumberjills” is a group of female, logging sports athletes that compete in the ‘Olympics of the Forest’ including Underhand Chopping, Cross-Cut Sawing, Axe Throwing, Stihl Power ‘Hot’ Sawing and Log Rolling!
‘Timber’ Tina Scheer, a 35-year veteran Lumberjill, heads up the group. She grew up in the small vacation town of Hayward, WI which has been the home of the Lumberjack World Championships since 1960. She started Log Rolling at 8 years old and eventually picked up a racing axe, which launched her into the chopping and sawing events as well… and the rest… as they say is ‘Her-story! She has traveled around the world with Logging Sports, has been featured on countless TV Shows and is a pioneer in her sport.
For 15 years Tina performed and traveled with her family’s Lumberjack Show and then she decided to branch off on her own, so she moved to Maine and started the ‘Chics with Axes’ traveling Lumberjill Show along with the home-based Great Maine Lumberjack Show outside of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
In the World Champion Lumberjills – Chics with Axes event there will be two teams of female athletes from Canada & the US that will compete against each other in Chopping, Sawing, Log Rolling and more! In their exhibition they will use competition razor sharp racing axes and saws from Australia & New Zealand and roll in their 4000 gallon Log Rolling tank!
Timber Tina’s “World Champion Lumberjills” provide thrilling & fun entertainment for all ages. ‘Timber’ Tina as the Emcee will delight crowds of all ages with a blend of history, comedy and education all while illustrating the fast paced events and the thrills and spills one comes to expect with the legendary Logging Sports!
Dock Diving Dogs – Back With New Tricks!
You spoke and we listened! The Dock Diving Dogs are back with never before seen tricks! Alpha K9 U will be conducting workshops, demonstrations and friendly big air-wave competitions – as always, representatives will be there to answer any questions you may have about the fastest growing dog sport!
All New Travel Cafe
The all-new Travel Café rolls into the Champions Pavilion this year with exciting travel destination presentations and videos. Along with the fresh new travel ideas presented by the exhibitors within the Travel& Tourism section of the show, there will be a new and unique in-show dining options. The Travel Café will encourage attendees to linger through the use of live and entertaining programs and demonstrations, as well as an array of multi-media displays showcasing destinations represented at the Show. In short you can grab a bite, rest a spell and pick out a new vacation destinations all at the same time this year in the all new TravelCafé
John Holod – Award-Winning Filmmaker
John Holod is an internationally recognized cinematographer who has filmed all over the world. He has presented his documentaries to audiences across North America. John stands out in the travel-film industry because he travels is a state-of-the-art Roadtrek or Winnebago RV, immersing himself in the culture and surroundings he’s depicting. The RV serves as home, office and editing studio while he is on the road.
Documentaries that John will be talking about include: “Alaska: RV Adventure of a Lifetime”, “The Great Rocky Mountain RV Adventure”, “East Coast RV Adventure”, and “Route 66 RV Adventure”. He has lectured at such prestigious venues as the National Geographic Society, the Carnegie Institute, Cal Tech and RV Shows in Hershey, Tampa, Chicago, Denver, and many others. In recognition of his outstanding film achievement, he received the “Rising Star” award from the travelogue industry in 1995. In 2007 he was awarded the “Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award” by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.
John was born in Detroit Michigan. Before embarking on his life as a professional world traveler, filmmaker and adventurer, John studied cinematography, journalism and photography at Wayne State University. He spends most of the year on the road producing travelogues and presenting them to audiences around the country. When not traveling, he resides in Tucson AZ.
Kid’s Trout Fishing in Tackle Town
No need to leave the kids at home. Bring the kids to the Kid’s Trout Fishing Pond to try their hand at fishing in Tackle Town.
Fly Casting Pond
Test your skills at our all new 180 foot fly casting pond. From beginners to experts, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with the pros who can help you improve your skills or get you started. You can also watch demonstrations from the experts, who are happy to teach you the art of fly casting. Find it in the Quiet Sports and Travel & Tourism Pavilion.
Adventure Rock Wall!
Are you ready for the Rock? This custom designed mobile rock wall stands 24 feet tall and adds a dash of extreme sports to the show! Located in the Quiet Sports and Travel & Tourism Pavilion, the Wall is open to anyone who wants to give rock climbing a try. The Wall has been one of the most popular exhibits at past shows and with the increasing popularity of the X-games, more people will climb the rock wall this year than ever before!
Kayak Demonstration Pool
Always wanted to try kayaking? Test paddle the latest kayaks in our huge Kayak Demonstration Pool. Find it in the Quiet Sports and Travel & Tourism Pavilion.
Kid’s Day – Saturday, February 28th
Kids love coming to our show!! And on Saturday, February 22nd they love it even more when the first 500 kids through the door receive a rod and reel combo courtesy of Honey Creek Tackle.
Sponsored by Honey Creek Tackle
Ask the Pros Seminar Series
The Ask the Pros Fishing Seminar Series provides a unique seminar format that puts show goers into direct contact with the seminar speakers. It is an interactive forum, providing invaluable opportunities for seminar attendees to ask the questions most important to them.
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Fishing Seminars at the Hawg Trough
Come learn the latest techniques from nationally known anglers at our fishing seminars conducted atop the Hawg Trough. This 5,000 gallon aquarium measuring an astounding 40’ long, 4’ wide and 8’ deep, is one of the show’s leading attractions and fits nicely in the heart of Tackle Town. Here visitors can receive expert information from the pros as they watch various seminars conducted throughout the show. Watch in amazement as the best anglers in the country share their secrets and catch fish right before your eyes! Don’t forget to check out our speakers page for this year’s lineup!