Fishing is America’s most popular recreational pastime, and your angling passion is the inspiration behind TackleTown – the 70,000 square-foot all-things-angling marketplace greeting all visitors as they enter the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & 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, TackleTown 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 TackleTown. 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.
TackleTown 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. Aisles and aisles of unique fishing tackle that you won’t find anywhere else!
Kayak Fishing Showcase
The Kayak Fishing Showcase, hosted by Moving Water Outfitters, provides an opportunity to experience the latest innovations in fishing kayak technology. The top manufacturers in the industry will be showing off their latest products. The demo pool is available to try out the newest kayaks on the spot, and will feature some great Kayak fishing seminars. Find the perfect kayak for fishing, hunting, or recreation!
Travel & Tourism Pavilion
The lure of the great outdoors tugs on visitors throughout the entire Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show, but the undeniable force may be greatest inside the 50,000 square-foot Travel and Tourism Pavilion – the definitive place to plan your next family vacation, fishing trip, wilderness hunt or other unique outdoor excursion.
What makes the Travel and Tourism Pavilion truly unique is the fact that so many of the exhibitors are actual owners or operators of the lodges, resorts, camps or facilities they represent. When you plop down your hard-earned dollars for any kind of trip, it is extra-nice to meet and chat with the actual folks in charge. And the fact that you’re dealing direct means more of your money stays in your pocket.
“You’re going where? You’re doing what?” We can hear your jealous buddies now.
With private, local, state and even national travel professionals representing exciting destinations throughout the US, various Canadian provinces and even as far as South Africa! No matter what kind of travel experience you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find it for a super price at the Travel & Tourism Pavilion.
Being boaters ourselves, we don’t think there’s any other single item a family can spend its money on that yields more smiles, enjoyment and great memories. That’s why we’ve dedicated an entire 180,000 square-foot building at the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show to boats, boating-lifestyle products and accessories.
TWIGGY THE WATER SKIING SQUIRREL!
Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel has been delighting families and sharing water safety tips since 1979! Twiggy’s safety vest is not only stylish, but provides an interactive way for show goers to share in the need for water safety, and to be entertained at the same time! You won’t want to miss seeing Twiggy!
K9 X Games Presented by K9 U
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Imagine the dust, grit, spurs, leather and all the wild broncs that lure us to the rodeo. Well, there aren’t any spurs at this one…or dust…and the only wild animals are the riders. It’s a Motorcycle Rodeo, of course! The motorcycle event to top all motorcycle events. If you haven’t seen a motorcycle rodeo before – you’ve gotta see it to believe it. Watch these riders turn their two-wheeled steeds into steel-horse stallions. If you’ve been to a motorcycle rodeo, you know they’re great fun and entertaining. If you’ve NEVER been, this is your chance to see what it’s all about!
PIONEERS OF HOOSIER MOTORCYCLING
In a very comfortable and casual setting in our Travel Café, the men and women who were “pioneers” in Indiana’s motorcycle world will share their stories and remembrances of the early days of motorcycling. These moderated sessions will be tailored to various topics and themes, but will be free flowing as these amazing people re-tell their stories from “back in the day.” If you are a motorcycle enthusiast or an Indiana history buff, you won’t want to miss your opportunity to connect with the men and women who “pioneered” the sport and industry we currently enjoy.
Questions from the audience will be welcomed – and in fact – are encouraged!
Following the sessions, you’ll have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with these very Pioneers and view a display of their private collections of memorabilia which will include one-of-a-kind bikes, personal photo collections, trophies, riding apparel and more.
These rolling beauties aren’t your Papaw’s RV’s. From motor homes to tent campers, today’s state-of-the-art, mobile getaways are engineered and constructed to be lighter, more durable, more comfortable and easier to use and own than ever before.
Indiana is the RV world’s cradle of life. We make ‘em, and we love ‘em. The Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show celebrates these facts by dedicating two massive, buildings to showcase and honor the finest selection of top brand motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and tent campers we could possibly assemble. With over 180,000 square feet of RV’s, you are sure to find one that suits you best!
Ask the Pros Ultimate Match Fishing Seminar
Ask the Pros Seminar Series
Ultimate Match Fishing is approaching its 20th season on Outdoor Channel. This
wildly popular Bass Fishing Competition series is not your Grandpa’s Bass
Tournament. UMF is the only head-to-head competition in professional angling.
This format and referee, Mark Randolph brings an unequaled level of strategy and
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. This is one panel you won’t want to miss!
811 Fishing Seminar Series
811 – Know What’s Below…811 Before You Dig is our sponsor for the 2023 Fishing Seminar Series!
Hawg Trough Large Seminar Stage
From atop the Hawg Trough, our nationally known anglers thrill large audiences with the latest techniques and seminars full of tips and pro tricks for catching the best fish. The Hawg Trough, a 4,000 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 TackleTown. 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!
Indy Sport Show Travel Cafe
Want to experience something different? No matter where you travel – whether its a day trip out your back door, or across the country to an exciting new destination – you can learn about vacation opportunites here! Learn from many of our Travel & Tourism exhibitors what exciting excursions their areas have available for you!
Antique Outboard and Motor Display
If you’ve ever wondered how far the outboard motor industry has come, you won’t want to miss the Antique Outboard Motor and Boat Display presented by Jay Walls and Rick Eichrodt.
This collection contains over 70 motors (several over 100 years old) and a few factory racing models from the great HP race in the 1930’s. 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. The Antique Outboard Motor and Boat Display will be staffed with knowledgeable club members who can answer your questions about motors or the hobby. Come see this blast from the past.
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 rod & reel combo! It’s one of the things we most look forward to – getting kids started on their love for the outdoors.
Kids’ Fishing Fun
Dan Armitage presents an interactive program for beginning anglers of all ages. Topics include how to select and use basic tackle, bobbers and cane poles.
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 Stephan Spencer.
The Hunter Education Program is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. This event will take place at the Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo.
Youth Archery Range
This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young ones to the great sport of archery. The professional staff of the Indiana Bow Hunter’s Association instruct kids on bow safety and proper shooting techniques! Visit the Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo to help your kids learn more!
Youth Riding Adventure
ABATE of Indiana’s Children’s Motorcycle Adventure –- featuring the Tiny Tots Riding Experience -– is a hands-on activity that allows kids the chance to ride an actual motorcycle. This is not a training program, it is an opportunity to experience riding in a controlled environment. We also include other interactive activities that give youngsters the ability to learn more about motorcycles and motorcycle safety. The Children’s Motorcycle Adventure is offered as a free experience for the kids and is always a popular part of many outdoor festivals/events throughout Indiana.
One of the most popular programs with showgoers, DNR is back with 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!
Birds – Saturday 2/18 10am – 4pm:
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 Chamberlain Raptor Center 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 Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks and the non-profit group Friends of Hardy Lake.
Snakes – Saturday 2/25 10am – 2pm:
Jarrett Manek and staff of O’Bannon Woods State Park provide the “Snakes Alive, Snake Buffet”; 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.
Canines – Saturday 2/25 10am-2pm:
Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team will be here with their K-9 partners to thrill audiences. Showgoers will have the opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners on a personal level.
DNR biologists , state park interpreters and conservation officers will be on hand throughout the show to share program information and resources, as well as answer your fish and wildlife and parks questions. Also – make sure to visit the State Park Inns booth in Champions Pavilion Travel & Tourism section!