February 16 – 25, 2018 INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS



The Alaskan TimberMen Lumberjack Show

Voted a must-see by The Travel Channel, The Alaskan lumberjacks battle it out in chopping, sawing, tree climbing, axe throwing, log rolling, and much more. The competition is real so get all your rowdy friends together and join in cheering on your team of athletes.

The Alaskan lumberjacks are known for their popularity on ESPN and have over five different competitions. 

Click here for more info 

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.

Crappie Superstars Ask the Pros Courtesy of B’n'M Poles - Saturday, Feb. 25th and Sunday, Feb. 26th Only!

Crack the Crappie code on waters from Wawasee to Patoka and everywhere in between.

Russ Bailey, Steve Coleman and Matt Morgan – Dan Armitage, Moderator

About Russ Bailey & Steve Coleman & Matt Morgan


Bottom Feeders Ask the Pros – Saturday, Feb. 20th and Sunday, Feb. 26th Only!

Everything you want to know about Carp and Catfish from our expert panel.

James Sanders, Ron Streeter and Billy DeHaven – Dan Armitage, Moderator

About James SandersRon StreeterBilly DeHaven

Axe Throw

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Lumberjack?

In this fun competition, the Alasken Timbermen will choose guests to compete in three rounds of axe throwing to determine a winner! The competitions will continue throughout the day, every day so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your axe throwing skills to the test and show us what you’ve got! 

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!

K-9 X Games presented by Alpha K9 U

K-9 X Games (Shows) are performances by the Alpha K-9 U Crew exhibiting K-9 Obedience & the different Dock-Diving sports disciplines such as X-treme Retrieve, X-treme Vertical and demonstrating the newest discipline, X-treme Air, which will soon be added to the 2016 competition line up – then joining the Alpha K9 U Crew are Invited Handler Teams that will also be demonstrating the well-known “long jump for dogs” (Big Air) in this ever growing and thrilling K-9 sport.

For more information, go to alphak9u.com/events.html

Travel Cafe sponsored by Visit Indiana

 You’re ultimate getaway starts in Indiana. From Indiana’s northern sandy shore to our rolling hills, there are stories unfolding at every corner, inviting you to visit. Travelers can spend their days paddling a winding river, fishing an inland lake, climbing the highest hilltops or exploring the deepest depths beneath the surface of the earth. From the serenity of a rural getaway to the thrills of an outdoor adventure, no matter the destination, a very warm welcome. That’s Honest-to-Goodness Indiana. VisitIndiana.com for next getaway idea!

 Stay tuned for the 2017 Travel Cafe Schedule


Marty Koch’s Outdoor Adventures

After guiding thousands of people on paddle trips throughout the Ozarks and the wilderness lakes of the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park, Marty  has gained a reputation as a great camp cook. With the the wide array of shelf stable foods available in most large supermarkets the bland freeze dried meals no longer need to be endured. Marty’s highly entertaining, hands on cooking shows demonstrate how to eat well while camping, paddling or traveling in the wilds of America. Each show features the preparation of a main dish and desert. Marty’s demonstrations are fast paced and humor filled and fun for the whole family. 

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Discover Indiana Tourism Assets by Mark Newman



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.

Peak 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!

Kid’s Day – Saturday, February 25th

Kid’s Day Giveaway!      

Kids love coming to our show!!  And on Saturday, February 25th they’ll love it, even more!  The first 500 kids through the door will receive a cane pole kit!  

The Indiana Hunter Education Program continues to promote “Safe Hunting” 

The Treestand Safety seminar demonstrates the safest way to hunt from an elevated position.  Topics include proper use of a Fall Arrest System and a Full Body Harness, types of elevated hunting platforms (treestands), and suspension relief, as well as, self-rescue and other safety tips.   The demonstration will be presented by certified Master Treestand Safety Instructors, Indiana Conservation Officer Tony Mann and Hunter Education Instructor Stephen Spencer.

The Hunter Education Program is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. This event will take place at the Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Exposition. 


Kids’ Fishing Fun 

Dan presents an interactive program for beginning anglers of all ages. Topics include how to select and use basic tackle, bobbers and cane poles.

About Dan Armitage 







DNR Programs

To celebrate 100 years of Indiana State Parks the DNR has a great series of educational programs designed to teach the public as much as possible about birds and snakes. You won’t want to miss these great displays at the show!

DNR LE Canines:

Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team will be here with their k-9 partners.  The public will have the opportunity to witness demonstrations of how these dogs are used to detect wildlife, conduct evidence searches and man tracking.  The public will also have the opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners on a personal level.

 The Indiana Conservation Officers newly designed ATV will be on hand to promote ATV safety.  This beautiful machine was refurbished and brought back to life in a way that is eye catching and exciting.  Officers will be on hand to pass out ATV safety information as well.


Jarrett Manek and staff of O’Bannon Woods State Park perform the “Snakes Alive, Snake Buffett”  ; bringing a dozen native species of snakes, both venomous and non-venomous to look at in a safe, but close environment.  From large to small, these snakes provoke intrigue and lots of stories for kids and parents alike.  Whether you are young or old, you can get the opportunity to see these unusual animals up close and maybe even touch a non-venomous one.


The education raptors from Hardy Lake’s Dwight Chamberlain Raptor center are non-releasable birds of prey that travel throughout the State as education ambassadors.  The raptor center at Hardy Lake also serves as one of our State owned bird of prey rehabilitation center and takes in, on average, 100 injured or orphaned birds each year.  The center is run through a cooperative effort between the Indiana Division of State Parks and the non-profit group Friends of Hardy Lake.

Van Hal Canoes

The dream of canoeing started for John Van Hal when he was just a kid. After working a few summer jobs, he and his brother had enough money to buy an 18-foot fiberglass canoe. One of his many adventures included a trip down the Des-Moines River from the source in Minnesota to Fort Dodge, Iowa. Even after weathering a tornado less than 1⁄2 mile from their camp he was hooked on canoeing.

John can clearly remember sitting in the boat with his dad, drawing plans for a wooden boat when he was 12 years old. He dreamt of the day when he could build his own. His dreams spawned a reality in 1986, when he built his first redwood strip canoe. During the building process, he realized that he was doing what he loved most, designing and constructing wood strip canoes. He started vanhalcanoes.com which has become a second passion for John. The shop is in Mooresville, IN.

The adventure of exploring new places and enjoying nature around us is something that John has loved since he was a kid. He says “being able to maneuver through a powerful river or a serene lake in a wood strip canoe is indescribable. If you’ve ever banged around in a metal canoe you’ll immediately notice the quietness of a wood strip canoe. My admiration for the outdoors and natural materials is evident in the care that I put into constructing every wood strip canoe.”

John Van Hal will be at the show to demonstrate and answer your questions about the building process whether you are building one yourself or are just interested in the process.

Antique Outboard Boat and Motor Exhibit

One of the great aspects of the Indy Boat Sport &Travel Show is the fact that folks can come and see the Latest, most innovative and up to date gear for outdoor men & women. Our 62nd Indy Boat Sport & Travel Show again is proud to add a special educational element to the event as Jay Walls and Rick Eichrodt will be displaying their Antique Outboard Motors and Boats for anyone who wishes to see how far outboard boat motors have come.

  Their display will have over 60 motors, several over 100 years old, and a few factory racing models. Rick and Jay are both local members of the Antique Outboard Motor Club which is an International organization whose fundamental purpose is to provide a means of communication for those who are interested in research and exchange of knowledge pertaining to the history and preservation of antique outboard boat motors. Jay says that during show hours the antique outboard display booth will have knowledgeable club members available who can answer questions about motors or the hobby. Come see this blast from the past at the Indy Boat Sport &Travel Show. 

Tackle Town

Fishing is America’s most popular recreational pastime, and your angling passion is the inspiration behind Tackle Town – the 70,000 square-foot all-things-angling marketplace greeting all visitors as they enter the Ford, Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show. 

Remember the huge boxes you like to rummage through at the back of your local tackle shop?  You never know what little gems may be waiting for you in there until you’ve made it all the way to the bottom.  We’re kind of like that, but with a handy exhibitor list and directory.  Like your neighborhood bait shop on steroids, Tackle Town shows visitors over 100 unique exhibitors offering cutting edge, hard-to-find fishing tackle, gear and accessories at special show prices.

Of course, there’s more than fishing tackle at Tackle Town.  You’ll also find boating accessories and fiberglass repair and restoration.  Learn the latest tricks and techniques from the nation’s top fishing pros at daily seminars conducted atop the 4,000-gallon Hawg Trough – a massive aquarium loaded with all manner of lunker gamefish.  Need more angling intel?  You control the topics of discussion at our innovative, Fishing Camp: Ask the Pros interactive seminar series.  

Tackle Town has everything for the fisherman or fishing family, including charter fishing captains and guides who can take you to the big ones, the Kids’ Zone, and an incredible array of other interesting events and attractions. Isles and isles of unique fishing tackle that you won’t find anywhere else! 


Don’t miss our huge selection of powersports off-road vehicles and accessories! From ATVs, side by sides, UTVs, to parts and accessories to deck out your favorite off-road vehicle, we have it all. Check out all the powersports exhibitors in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. 

Wild Indiana

WildIndiana.com  will be broadcasting live video every day during the show from their studio in the middle of Blue Ribbon Pavilion booth 520.

Using the latest in professional video streaming technology, WildIndiana has partnered with (Renfro Productions or The Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show) to produce Facebook Live segments that will feature daily updates about the show and guests ranging from show visitors to seminar speakers and exhibitors.  Facebook users can watch the video and send their comments to the crew in real-time.


You can watch the live stream on Facebook  or WildIndiana.com


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