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!
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 in over 25 states and various Canadian provinces, 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 and 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 Waterskiing Squirrel
The audience beloved waterskiing creature, best known as Twiggy, is back to delight showgoers once again. Twiggy continues to teach water skiing safety in a family-fun and friendly way, and is sure to charm everyone who catches her show!
K9 X Games Presented by K9 U
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Progressive Insurance RV Pavilion
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 suites you best!
Ask the Pros Seminar Series
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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811 Fishing Seminar Series
We welcome 811 – Know What’s Below…811 Before You Dig! as the sponsor of our 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!
If you want to experience seminars on a more intimate scale – then our Seminar Lounge, located in the northwest corner of TackleTown – is just for you! Visitors can receive expert information from the pros shared in smaller seminars conducted throughout the show.
Don’t forget to check out our speakers page for this year’s lineup!
Indy Sport Show Live! Broadcasting Live on Facebook and YouTube from the Travel Cafe
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INDY SPORT SHOW LIVE! BROADCAST ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE!
All new this year and exciting! On Saturdays and Sundays, Bryan Poynter -host of Outdoor Indiana, interviews celebrity speakers, industry experts and show exhibitors. He’ll use his one-on-one time to get secret tips out of the pros, and answers to the questions on the top of everyone’s mind! Tune in or come watch live in the Travel Cafe!
TOM NAUMAN – MOREL MANIA!
Morel Mushrooms are hunted by many, coveted by more and often difficult to find. Tom Nauman shares his insights to all questions Morel – when to hunt, how to find, how to tell the difference between good and poisonous mushrooms, and so much more! Come hear Tom’s anecdotes and ask questions about this much sought after ‘shroom.
ROCK GILLSON – LIFE of RILEY RESORT
Rock Gillson and his family are the owner/operators of Life of Riley Resort in Northeastern Minnesota on Beautiful Lake Vermilion. With almost 40 years in the resorting business, Rock has seen it all. Being an outdoor enthusiast his entire life gives him a unique perspective on different ecosystems and how they function; specifically fishing in Northern Shield Lakes. If you are interested in what makes northern waters tick, want the inside scoop on how to best approach certain species during certain seasons, or just want to hear a snapshot of a lifetime of fishing stories, stop by the Travel Cafe for “Fishing Northern Shield Lakes” with Rock Gillson.
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.
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 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 Giveaway!
Kids love coming to our show!! And on Saturday, February 22nd they’ll love it, even more! The first 500 kids through the door will receive a gift!
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 Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo.
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.
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!
DNR LE Canines – Sunday 2/23:
From 11am – 3pm, 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. Showgoers will also have the opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners on a personal level.
Snakes – Saturday 2/15 and Sunday 2/23:
Jarrett Manek and staff of O’Bannon Woods State Park perform 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.
Birds – Sunday 2/16 and Saturday 2/22:
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.
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 TackleTown Building.