The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo opened on Thursday at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
Jim DaRosa of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio show and I were there to do a special remote broadcast of our radio show for the American Sport Fishing Association on their opening night.
Being there all day we, as well as exhibitors, were pleasantly surprised of the huge success of this show. The attendance was fantastic. Kevin Van Dam did a couple hawg trough demonstrations and filled every one of the 300 seats and hand at least a hundred more people standing to watch his presentations. Other demonstrations showed equally large crowds at the hawg trough and in the seminar room upstairs.
I've been to a few outdoor shows already this season and it was sad to see that the people there were not carrying bags or packagers. No one was carrying rods or nets. That wasn't the case at the new Schaumburg show. People everywhere were buying rods, reels, nets, lures and more. So the show was not only good for the seminar attendance, but also for the vendors. That's great.
Our show went well and it will be online next week for you to hear at www.FishingAndOutdoorRadio.com on the Listen Now Page.
The show is open until Sunday, parking is free, and High School students can get in for only $3 on Sunday. That's when Jim and I are doing our Plano & Frabill's Illinois High Schools Fish Here seminar at 12:30 PM Stop in as we'll have some giveaway items. The seminar is on the second floor.
At the show there are many tackle manufacturers, retailers, resorts, boat dealers, fishing clubs and more. For info on the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo, visit their website at www.sportshows.com.