Cenaiko’s annual sportsman’s show to mark 43 years

Coon Rapids-based Cenaiko Productions presents the 43rd annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Sponsored by Mauer Chevrolet, the show opens Thursday, Jan. 10 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 13.

There will be hundreds of products and services to explore, new model boats and RVs to see first-hand, new outdoors gear and equipment to check out and new vacation destinations to discover.

The show also includes free seminars and special features designed for outdoor lovers of every age.

Watercraft on display will include new model fishing and power boats, pontoons and personal watercraft. Docks, lifts, motors, and marine accessories will also be featured.

Recreational vehicles (RVs) will range from folding camping trailers and truck campers to motor homes of all sizes. Van conversions, sport utility vehicles and ATVs will also be on show.

For anglers, there will be vast displays of tackle, rods, reels, GPS systems and accessories at the show.

There will also be an assortment of hunting and camping gear to be found, while scores of representatives from fishing and hunting lodges, campgrounds, resorts, fly-ins and outfitters will be on hand to help plan next summer’s vacation.

Seminar headliners at this year‘s show include walleye champ Tommy Skarlis on Thursday and Friday and pro fisherman Ted Takasaki on Saturday and Sunday.

Marlene Odahlen-Hinz shares her hunting knowledge Thursday and Friday, while bowhunter Tony Peterson appears on Saturday and Sunday.

Dog trainer Jason Dommeyer appears every day.

Outdoorsman and TV personality Ron Schara hosts the special Kids’ Fishing School Saturday and Sunday.

A Sportsmen‘s Show favorite takes a new twist this year. Steve Porter’s Trophy Whitetail, featuring three live bucks, is now a free attraction.

Bruce Belanger from The Great Lakes Timber Show offers a look at the history of the logging industry. He also demonstrates the arts of both ax-throwing and wood carving in daily demonstrations.

Wolves, bobcats, cougars, foxes, raccoons and other live animals can be found at the Wolves-Woods and Wildlife display.

The live trout pond is back, too, in a new location in Wilkins Auditorium.

The show will be open Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $9 for adults, $2.50 for children aged six to 12 and free for children five and under.For more information, call 763-755-8111 or go to www.stpaulsportshow.com.

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