It’s only a week away. The Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza is set for its three day run (Aug. 27-29) at Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton.
There’s no Pennsylvania outdoor show that offers a 10 station sporting clays course, long range muzzleloader shooting or a free running deer archery shoot. And no show offers free admission for boy or girl scouts (and leaders) who are the future of the hunting and fishing sports.
Since our initial column on the show, there have been several new announcements and additions that should pique the interest of outdoor enthusiasts.
In the entertainment department, the Berks County Beauties will be on hand to sell and autograph their annual fire truck calendars that they posed for. To become a calendar girl, the gals entered a local beauty contest to win a position. The intent and effort in selling the calendars is to raise funds for local volunteer fire companies.
Bowhunters will get a first look at a new crossbow that it totally manufactured in Mountville, PA (Lancaster County). Kodabow is a new company with ties to Pennsylvania resident Bob Walker of Walkers Game Ear Company. The new crossbow incorporates space-age technology with an AR-15 type look that’s available in various models. Included too are red dot or magnifying scope sights and destringing features. Said Rick Weaknecht of Weaknecht Archery in Kutztown, “The Kodabow I tested shoots with unbelievable speed and arrow splitting accuracy.”
On hand too will be the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Quality Deer Management who will do deer antler measuring and jawbone aging. If you have a rack or jaw, bring it to the show for measurement.
For the popular kids fishing contest, striped bass will be stocked in a portion of the stream that runs through the fairgrounds. Trout were stocked in past years but because of hot temperatures, trout would likely not survive the warm creek water.
There will be novelty archery shoots including Ping Pong and Iron Buck. Not familiar with the latter pair? Come to the show and see.
And don’t overlook the archery dunk tank, another first for an outdoor show. Shoot rubber tipped arrows at a bulls-eye trip plate and if successful, a guy or gal will get dunked.
To find some real bargains, check out the flea market on Saturday and Sunday of the show. You may find some valuable items or outdoor collectables.
A chain saw carver will apply his art to stumps and logs be it wildlife or other creations. You may want one of these sculptures for your home or yard.
Don’t forget about the dog trial competition, Mr. and Ms Outdoors Competition, primitive encampment, trapping and predator calling demonstrations, outfitter and taxidermy displays, 50 target 3D archery shoot, simulated live turkey shoot plus much more. And get this. In this bad economy, admission is an affordable $5 for adults, $1 for kid’s ages 8-12. Kids under 8 are free.
Now in its fifth year, the show’s major sponsrs are Cabelas in Hamburg and Rothrock Dodge/Jeep in Allentown.
Show times are Friday, 12-8; Sat. and Sun, 8-6 PM. Kempton Fairgrounds is located on Rte. 737 off old Route 22 or I-78. GPS users may type in 9927 Kistler Valley Road, Kempton, PA 19529. Or, visit the shows website at www.lvhfe.com for directions.
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All photos by the author with the exception of Berks Beauties which is compliments of DARMAT Conceptions, Inc.