January 12, 2014 in Outdoors

RVs kick off outdoor show season

By The Spokesman-Review
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Prospective buyers show their interest in both large and small travel trailers at the Spokane RV Show at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center on Jan. 24. RV sales are set to eclipse 300,000 nationally for the first time since the economic downturn during 2008 and 2009.
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The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is underway, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and make deals. Some of the shows feature seminars on sporting techniques.

Following is a regional list of top upcoming shows:

• Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show, Jan. 17-19 at the TRAC in Pasco; shuylerproductions.com.

• Inland Northwest RV Show, Jan 23-26, at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Info: (509) 466-4256; spokanervshow.com.

• Washington Sportsmen’s Show, Jan. 22-26, at Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, sponsored by O’Loughlin Shows. Info: (503) 246-8291; thesportshows.com.

• Seattle Boat Show, Jan. 24-Feb. 2, at CenturyLink Field and on the water at South Lake Union; seattleboatshow.com.

• Spokane National Boat Show (58th annual), Jan. 31-Feb. 9 at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.

A boating safety class – required for everyone 59 and younger in order to operate a power boat in Washington this year – also is scheduled. Register in advance and get free admission to the show. The eight-hour course is taught in two-hour sessions starting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 3-6. Sign up and get materials at West Marine, 5306 E, Sprague Ave., 533-5532. Cost, including Boat Show admission, $48 or $73 for two family members; spokaneboatshow.com.

• Central Washington Sportsmen Show, Feb. 14-16 at the Sundome in Yakima; shuylerproductions.com.

• Muzzleloading Arms & Pioneer Craft Show, Feb. 15-16, presented by Mountain Top Trading, Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Info: (509) 397-4447.

• Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, Feb. 21-23, Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee; shuylerproductions.com.

• Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show, March 20-23, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. The 54th annual event is sponsored by Inland Northwest Wildlife Council. Info: (509) 487-8552; wildlifecouncil.com.

• North Idaho Sportsman’s Expo, RV & Boat Show, May 16-18, at Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Info: (208) 765-4969; nidse.com.

• Washington Fly Fishing Fair, May 3-4, presented by the Washington Federation of Fly Fishers at the Event Center-Fairgrounds, Ellensburg. Info: washingtoncouncilfff.org

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