Things to do at the show

New features and attractions for 2022 coming soon! 2020 highlights shown below.
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Super Thursday Special

One-day Only Deals! Giveaways! Food & Drink Specials! Admission & Parking Discounts!

Join us on Thursday, March 10th for the show’s best deals! Take advantage of one-day only specials on a wide variety of boats and products. PLUS, enjoy food and drink specials, and discounted show admission after 5pm.

Watch Here for Super Thursday Deals

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1st Annual Northwest Sportshow Shore Lunch Fish Fry contest 

Friday, March 11,  6 PM 

Who’s got the best shore lunch? Every fishing camp claims to have the best recipe for fryin’ fish to create a shore lunch for their guests. This competition will determine which fishing camp really does have the best fish recipe!

Join local fishing legend Ron Schara and his daughter Laura as they emcee and judge the competition—evaluating each entry for flavor, unique ingredients or spice and crispness. 

Cooking equipment supplied by Fryin’ Saucer Company. 

Laura Schara 
Laura Schara is a television host, TV producer, writer and runway show producer, and founder of Schara Media, INC. A city girl with country roots, Laura currently hosts MN Bound on KARE 11. She enjoys showcasing her passion for wild game cooking, creating delicious field to fork recipes for a segment called “Wild in the Kitchen”. She is also a contributor and writer for Artful Living magazine and writes about her outdoor adventures and her favorite game recipes on her blog, Wildly Living ( You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @lauraschara

Ron Schara
As a journalist, Ron has been sharing the great outdoor experience with his readers for nearly three decades. His material has captured the attention of tens of thousands of fresh air enthusiasts by putting them as close to the subject’s setting as they can be. He also has his own Emmy winning programs, Minnesota Bound and Backroads with Ron and Raven. The latter has consistently been one of the highest rated shows on the outdoor block.

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Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure

Meet and learn about a variety of exotic rescue animals, including owls, falcons, snakes, toucans, alligators, foxes, armadillos, turtles and more in a show the whole family will love. See a 10-ft. Python or watch a Eurasian Eagle Owl show off his 6-foot wingspan—Nature Nick and his animal friends put on a show that’s as educational as it is entertaining. Stay after the show for a Meet & Greet with Nick and his menagerie—and take a photo with your favorite animal!

Education Schedule:
Thursday: 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Friday: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

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Marine Electronics University

Room 102A

Explore the latest in marine electronics technology using Lowrance HDS LIVE units. Sessions will cover all the basics and more—with hands-on instruction on everything from routine setup and product use to news about leading technologies such as CHIRP sonar and Insight Genesis Mapping. You’ll also hear about newly released products.

Pre-registration is required. Class fee: $25 per person includes adult admission. Watch here to purchase your ticket and register for a class.

Daily Classes:
Friday:      1 PM and 4 PM
Saturday: 11 AM and 3 PM
Sunday:    11 AM

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Kids’ Create-a-Crankbait

Booth 92

Crafty young anglers can create a crankbait using plastic bodies, paint pen markers and stick-on lure eyes to take home as a one-of-a-kind show souvenir! Sponsored by Women Anglers of Minnesota and AlumaCraft Boats.

Sponsored by Women Anglers of Minnesota and AlumaCraft Boats

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Hunter’s Laser Shot Gallery

Room 101 J

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firearms Safety Program will have FREE laser hunting games to teach children both the fun and importance of safety in hunting.

The Minnesota DNR booth is also your one-stop shop for your fishing and hunting licenses.

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The Adventure Trail Pass

Room 101G

Calling all kids! Follow the Adventure Trail to learn about the outdoors. Visit all the stations on the Trail map for a prize (while supplies last). Maps available in the National Wild Turkey Federation Room, Room 101 G.

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The Hawg Trough

Back of Aisle 900

Watch pro anglers demonstrate their fishing and casting skills at this 5,000-gallon aquarium stocked with native Minnesota species. You'll enjoy a unique underwater view of how fish react to different fishing techniques and strike at various types of bait and lures.

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Trout Pond—A Show Tradition

Lobby D

There’s no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing.

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Wild Turkey Room Presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Room

Room 101 G

Get set for the spring turkey hunts. NWTF staff and turkey hunting experts from throughout Minnesota will be on hand to talk turkey hunting and answer your questions.

Fun activities for kids include:
• Turkey call making (while supplies last)
• Wild turkey coloring contest
• JAKES Take Aim air gun range

Presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation

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Ducks Unlimited Room

Room 102 A/D

Learn about how Ducks Unlimited (DU) works to conserve wetlands and protect waterfowl in Minnesota. Help fill the skies with waterfowl for future generations—support DU’s conservation mission and the future of waterfowl hunting with silent auctions, raffles and more FREE Duck Decoy painting for kids (while supplies last).