One of the oldest and largest outdoor shows to be found takes place each winter in Indianapolis, just a short drive from most towns in the Midwest. The Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show remains the biggest and most popular in the nation, largely, because it has been run by the same passionate family for over 60 years. Taking place February 16-25 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Ford 64th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show will consist of over 700,000 square feet of pure outdoor excitement in six super-sized buildings, providing plenty for sportsmen and outdoor adventure seekers.
Tackle Town USA– At 70,000 square feet with over aisles and aisles of all things fishing, Tackle Town has everything for the individual angler or fishing family.
Fishing Seminars – Between the interactive-style Fishing Camp: Ask the Pros and the giant Hawg Trough seminars, visitors will find the best fishing seminars from anglers like KVD (bass), The G Man Gerald Swindle (bass), Ed Stachowski (walleye), Mark Brumbaugh (walleye), Jason Przekurat (walleye), Joe Thomas (bass), Mike Delvisco (bass), Jacob Wheeler (bass), Jeff Currier (fly fishing), Mark Martin (walleye), Matt Firestein (musky), Jim Vitaro (bass), Matt Morgan (crappie), Russ Bailey (crappie), Steve Coleman (crappie), Kent Watson (crappie), Ronnie Capps (crappie), Billy DeHaven (carp), Chae Dolsen (musky) and Dan Armitage (kids’ fishing fun).
Travel and Tourism Pavilion – No matter what kind of travel experience you’re looking for, you’ll find it at a great price at the Travel and Tourism Pavilion, featuring exhibitors representing camps, lodges, outfitters, guides and other destinations in over 25 states plus various Canadian provinces. What makes this Pavilion truly unique is the fact that so many of the exhibitors are actual owners and operators of the lodges, resorts and 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, the experts. And the fact that you’re dealing direct means more of your money stays in your pocket. While in this Pavilion be sure to visit the Travel Café where you can sit in on exciting travel presentations given by industry professionals.
Boat Pavilion – More than 5 ½ acres of boats, boating-lifestyle products and accessories. There’s no better place to see a larger selection of makes and the latest models all under one roof. This one-stop shopping opportunity features the first look at this year’s models! On-the-spot financing is available.
RV Pavilion – See, touch, compare and experience the latest motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and campers from Indiana’s largest array of makes and models. Whether you are a seasoned RV traveler or just beginning to explore the RV lifestyle, the experts will be on-hand and ready share their knowledge. On-the-spot financing is available.
K-9 X Games Presented by Alpha K9 U – Thrilling exhibitions of canine athleticism, including X-treme Retrieve, X-treme Vertical, X-treme Air and Big Air! Fun for the entire family!
K-9 Crew Trick Dog Show – It wows audiences with high jumps, back flips, balancing acts and more! They are ordinary dogs doing the extraordinary: jaw-dropping air stunts, back flips, extreme high jumps, balancing acts, dog dancing and more. Some of the Crew had a rough start – unwanted or discarded – rescued from shelters. But under the direction of husband and wife trainers Tony and Sarah Hoard, not only do the dogs have a great new home, but they have gone on to perform with the Indianapolis & Baltimore Symphony’s, Super Bowl XLVI Village & Fan Experience and as semifinalists on “America’s Got Talent.
27th Annual Indiana Motorcycle Expo (Feb. 16-18 only)
The Indiana Motorcycle Expo is a Mecca for all manner of bikes and motorcycle accessories, and takes place during the Ford 64rd Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show’s Opening Weekend, February 16-18. The Expo brings together enthusiasts, manufacturers, major dealers and bike-related exhibitors from across the country showcasing the very latest motorcycles and a full complement of related motorcycle lifestyle products and services. This amazing array of unique exhibitors features the latest in motorcycle accessories, biker apparel, custom paint and fabrication, lifestyle services, new and used motorcycles and more. This year’s expo will feature a variety of cruising bike categories in the Biker’s Showcase, sponsored by Ride Safe Indiana; Abate of Indiana’s Tiny Tots Riding Experience; and a return of the Pioneers of Hoosier Motorcycling, a historical exhibit and interactive panel discussion featuring the bikes and personalities from Indiana’s significant motorcycling past. New this year is “Barn Finds to Forgotten Treasures,” an interactive exhibit of rare and unique motorcycles found in old barns and warehouses throughout the Midwest. The Indiana Motorcycle Expo is the annual, late-winter event that is sure to heat up the passions of any biker and get them fully prepared for the coming season on the open roads.
21st Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo (Feb. 22-25 only) – The Midwest’s Premier Hunting Expo, the Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo has everything the hunter or hunting family could hope to find in one place – no matter what kind of camo they wear. Special features include a new Archery Alley, Outfitters from Around the World, Deer Scoring and Hoosier Record Book Trophy Deer Display and great hunting seminars from the Holder Family (Raised Hunting TV), Greg Abbas (A-Way Outdoors TV), Bill Epeards (whitetail and turkey hunting, Hunting Camp Ask The Pro moderator), Tom Nauman (mushroom hunting), Byron Ferguson (archery), Field Hudnall (waterfowl hunting), Jeff Foiles (waterfowl hunting) and more. You won’t believe your eyes when you see the Hoosier Record Book Trophy Deer Display, the most amazing display of record bucks you’ve ever seen. Have you been dreaming of booking a once in a lifetime hunt? You’re not going to find a larger or better selection anywhere in the Midwest. Each year, the “Ask the Pros” panel at the Expo is among the most popular events. And this year, it’s taken on an international flavor. This is the place to meet one on one with outfitters from around the globe including the U.S., Canada and countries from around the world. World-renowned big-game safari hunter Bill Epeards will lead an “Ask the Pros” seminar titled “Hunt Africa.” And if you’re thinking of hunting anywhere in the world, a group of outfitters from the four corners of the globe will present another “Ask the Pros” seminar titled “Hunt the World.”
Kids’ Day is Saturday, February 24 – Kids love coming to the show. From the Hawg Trough, Kids’ Fishing Fun seminar by Dan Armitage and Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond in Tackle Town USA, to the K-9 X Games, Peak Adventure Rock Wall, DNR wildlife and hunter education programs, Tree Stand Safety demonstrations and the Youth Archery Range, the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show offers plenty to engage and excite kids – no matter when they attend. But on Saturday, February 24th they’ll love it even more. The first 500 kids through the door will receive their own fishing pole!
Ten Full Days of Fun!
Friday, Feb. 16: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 17: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday, Feb. 18: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Thursday, Feb. 19-22: Noon – 8:00 PM
Friday, Feb. 23: Noon – 9:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 24: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday, Feb. 25: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tickets are $14 at the box office and advance sale discount tickets are available for $12.00 at IndySportShow.com as well as hotel specials for our out of town attendees. There is even an on-site campground available to show visitors.
If attending on February 16th – 18 your ticket also includes admission to the Indiana Motorcycle Expo and if attending February 22 – 25 admission to the Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo is included at no extra cost.
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