The 42nd Annual Eastern Iowa Sportshow, Powered by Ford, will be held March 10-12 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Fishing, vacation and hunting opportunities and outdoor recreation products will fill the UNI-Dome floor with the cure for spring fever. This year’s Sportshow will again feature family entertainment held in the McLeod Center.
The Sportshow is also the place for families and fishing groups to plan spring and summer adventures and reserve dates. Exhibits include fishing camps, fly-in outposts, family resorts, campgrounds, canoe outfitters, sportfishing charters, tourism destinations, hunting outfitters and more. Areas represented include Midwest, Canada and Africa.
Eastern Iowa recreational vehicle dealers will showcase the newest styles of light-weight campers, expandable trailers, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels, and motorhomes. Marine dealers will offer final show promotions before the spring boating season. Boaters can shop aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, pontoons, sport boats, deckboats, canoes, and kayaks.
Retailers will have plenty of show bargains and new products for outdoor enthusiasts. More fishing tackle will be featured this year with rod manufacturers, plastics and jigs, crankbaits and many more bargains. Hunting equipment dealers will also be participating at this year’s show. More outdoor products include motorcycles, ATV’s, UTV’s, truck accessories, golf cars, kayaks and more.
Fishing seminars will will cover a broad range of topics and species and include professional angler Chase Parsons, guides Bro Brosdahl and Kevan Paul, St. Croix rod representative Dan Johnston with area expert Mike Everett, catfish television’s the MudbuMs, kayak representative and angler Tanner Speidel with local outfitter Darrin Siefken. Hunting expert Art Helin will share whitetail and turkey tactics Saturday.
Family Stage Shows feature the Nerveless Nocks Extreme Shows in the McLeod Center. Other activities at the show include live rainbow trout fishing, kids BB gun range and paintball range. Chain saw carving demonstrations will take place Saturday outside the southwest entrance.
Trophy whitetail antler scoring takes place Saturday and Sunday at the show. Iowa hunters can have current season or historical racks measured by official scorers and entered in competition. Trophies will be awarded to the top racks in each division with categories for gun and bow with typical and non-typical points. A $10 entry fee includes two-day admission to the show. Scoring and displays will take place on the upper south mezzanine.
The first 150 kids under 16 on Sunday get a free fishing rod.
Eastern Iowa Sportshow
UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls
Friday, March 10 3 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, March 11 9:30 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, March 12 10 AM – 4 PM
Admission: Adults: $7.00 Youth 10-15: $5.00 9 & Under Free
Friday Special: $5 All Day