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Features & Attractions
An indoor lake? You bet! DeVos Place will be home to a huge indoor lake. With over 110,000 gallons of water, this lake provides the ultimate opportunity for our seminar leaders to present from their rigged fishing boats while maneuvering across the waters of Lake Ultimate. These are truly unique seminars seen only at Michigan’s Ultimate Sport Shows!
Big Buck Night West
Thursday at 7pm
Presented by Michigan Out-of-Doors TV Show
Celebrity hosts Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olson will interview the lucky Michigan hunters who have bagged some of the largest whitetail deer of the season. Special consideration is given to lucky hunters who have amazing stories about their trophies. This one-night show will be filmed for airing on the upcoming television program and is a must-see for every Michigan deer hunter!
The Hawg Trough is a mobile 5,000 gallon fish tank that will be at the Ultimate Sport Show with guest fishing experts on hand every day providing seminars and fishing demonstrations. You’ll want to see this unique seminar platform and learn from the best!
Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Food Drive
Last year’s food drive was so successful, we’re repeating it! Our goal: to beat last winter’s opening night record collection of more than 2,000 sacks of non-perishable food items (minimum of 4 pounds or 6 cans or boxes). This year’s promotion is one day only, Thursday, March 19. Bring your donation to the RV parked in front of DeVos Place and get in to the Show FREE! The food will be collected by MSAH volunteers and donated to God’s Kitchen and other needy organizations. Last year’s drive, spearheaded by the popular WLAV morning show host Tony Gates resulted in several tons of food for the soup kitchen and other organizations who help the needy. Beginning at 6am on Thursday, Gates will broadcast all day from an RV parked on Monroe St. in front of DeVos Place. Help Tony Gates and MSAH volunteers set another record this year!
The State’s Best Taxidermy
The Michigan’s Taxidermist Association Display will be located on the 3rd floor of DeVos Place. If this is your first time to the Show, come down and see why the first thing so many people say when they walk through the front door of the Sport Show is: “Which way to the taxidermy?” The organization holds their annual competition and convention at the Ultimate Sport Show each year. Fish, deer heads, small and large mammals are on display, upwards of 250 mounts are entered. Most museums would love to have just a sample of this annual display!
A highlight of the Show every year is the beautiful and impressive display of the Woodland Woodcarvers. These artisans will display the results of their work, as well as demonstrate their considerable skills. Every year it gets better. Everything from the incredibly lifelike to the whimsically humorous. Woodcarvings of every kind will be on display, and carvers will be happy to discuss their work. Also, this year the Woodland Woodcarvers will have the presence of a World Class Woodcarver.
Antique & Classic Fishing Tackle
Terry McBurney, award winning Woods-n-Water News writer, will be on hand all four days of the Show exhibiting some of his “Made in Michigan” fishing tackle collection. He is a member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club and the Old Reel Collectors Association and is well versed in all kinds of fishing tackle – lures, reels, rods and accessories. Terry will be answering question and offering free appraisals, so Ultimate Sport Show visitors are invited to bring in their old fishing tackle. There might be some valuable surprises!
Vintage Boats & Outboard Motors
Wood and fiberglass boats and outboard motors will be on hand all four days of the Show, presented by Dick Van Raalte, who owns Starboard Marine Restorations of Grand Haven, MI. He professionally restores classic boats, as well as vintage outboards. Dick is a member of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, and the Antique Outboard Motor Club. Ultimate Sport Show visitors are invited to come in and talk to Dick about restoration projects or to bring in old outboard motors for him to appraise.
Fly Casting Instruction
Come take advantage of FREE fly casting instruction coordinated by the Grand River Fly Tyers. Stop by and ask for help with fly casting fundamentals from beginner to advanced. Professional guides will be on hand to provide tips and techniques that will surely improve your time on the water this year.
Fly Tyers Corner
Presented by the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company and the Grand River Fly Tyers
Come watch some of the top fly tyers in Michigan as they set up and demonstrate their favorite patterns of fulfill a request. This is a constant workshop for anglers that share an interest in this artful pastime.
Fish Cleaning Demonstrations
Presented by the Grand Rapids Steelheaders
Learn the best way to clean your fish! All fish caught at the trout pond will be cleaned and bagged with ice for free at the Steelheaders’ fish cleaning / demonstration booth. Bring ‘em home ready for the skillet!
Rock Climbing Wall
Participants may climb this 25-foot wall utilizing the state of the art hydraulic billet system. Test your skills with the ultimate in safety. There is a small fee for participation.
Operated by Northern Little League as a fundraiser, you and your kids are invited to come and try your hand at one of the State’s best trout ponds. Even if you come just to watch, you will see the highest catch percentage of any trout pond! The Steelheaders will clean, fillet and bag with ice your catch at their booth for free. It only costs $5 to give it a try.
ORV Certification Class
Presented by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department
Saturday ONLY, March 21 ~ 12pm-5pm
The Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting an Off Road Vehicle Certification Course. Certification is required for all children under 16 years old to operate an ORV in Michigan (even on private property). However, the course is available to older ORV operators as well. Successful completion of the class will lead to certification as an “ORV Operator by the Michigan DNR.” A test will be administered at the completion of the class and after the class participants will be able to enjoy the Sport Show at no charge. For addition information call 616-632-6223 (pre-registration is not required). Class participants should check in at the Exhibitor Table at the Main Entrance located near the Box Office on Saturday.
Grand Rapids Open Turkey Calling Competition
Hosted by the Grand Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
Saturday, March 21 ~ Time TBD
The competition will feature some of Michigan’s top callers as they compete for cash and prizes. Judges will include some of Michigan’s best known writers and call manufacturers. Top finalists from the competition will be eligible to compete in the National Calling Competition.
Turkey Hunting Workshop
The National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual workshop returns to the Sport Show again this year. Calling, scouting, camouflage, positioning, and choosing firearms and bows are all part of this comprehensive presentation on Saturday morning only.
Virtual Fishing Simulator
Presented by the Michigan Charter Boat Association
Take the trolling rod in hand, watch the video screen and get ready! The salmon takes that lure like a freight train and your job is to land that fish. You have to try this technology! Michigan charter captains are on-hand to coach your fish playing technique. Top scores for the weekend will win charter trips on the Great Lakes.
Ultimate Bass Clinic
Saturday: Time TBD
$25 Fee – Purchase tickets in the Xtreme Bass Tackle Booth
Capt. Wayne Carpenter and Combat Bass Fishing Pro Staff offer you a look into bass fishing secrets in technique, style and tackle. Get more than your monies worth from a seminar that delivers the details then sends you out with info and more value in product than you paid for! Get the inside scoop on techniques from tournament fishing pro-staff and guide level techniques for dialing in on spots from Capt. Wayne. At the end, fire questions at our panel and get more than one perspective or solution for catching super bass. One hour just isn’t long enough for anglers who want advanced bass fishing information so get two hours, and leave with more than you bargained for! Sign up for the Ultimate Bass Clinic and get a “tournament tune-up” for the upcoming season.
A fee of $25 will be collected at the Xtreme Bass Tackle booth Thursday through Saturday morning. Each attendee will receive a “free gift” valued at more than the cost of the clinic, plus a chance to win the Grand Prize drawing! Those signing up for the clinic on Thursday or Friday will be given a free re-admission pass to enter the show on Saturday for the Clinic. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a team of professionals who want to see you succeed! Sign up early, seating is limited.
Ultimate Walleye Clinic
Saturday: Time TBD
$25 Fee – Purchase tickets in the Mark Romanack booth
Walleye Gurus Mark Romanack and a special guest host will join forces for the Ultimate Walleye Clinic!
It would be hard to find two anglers with more collective walleye fishing experience. These men are ardent trollers who have spent countless hours fishing the open waters of Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay for trophy walleyes. Just some of the topics of interest that are sure to be covered in this seminar include crankbait trolling, using planer boards, fishing diving planers, using downriggers, snap weight trolling, techniques for drifting and trolling live bait and much more. This special 2-hour workshop on advanced Walleye Techniques will cover every new angle for fishermen who want to climb to the next level of catching walleyes.
A fee will be collected at the show Thursday through Saturday morning of $25. In addition, each attendee will receive a “Free Gift” valued at more than the cost of the seminar and a chance to win one of dozens of door prizes. Those signing up for the clinic on Thursday & Friday of the Show will also be given free re-admission pass to enter the show on Saturday for the clinic. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the pros!
Ultimate Salmon & Steelhead Clinic
Sunday: Time TBD
$25 Fee – Purchase tickets in the Grand Rapids Steelheaders Booth
Presented by Dave Engel and Bill Bale of Best Chance Promotions
These two superstars of Big Lake Tournaments will share their special techniques and experience garnered over the last 20 years as tournament champions on the Great Lakes. Whether it is long lining lead core, maximizing Dipsy results, getting the most out of your electronics, or selecting your tackle, time spent here will assuredly improve next year’s catch.
The first 100 attendees will pay a fee of $25 for “class materials” and the presentation. Included in class materials will be a “goody bag” loaded with their sponsors’ equipment. Plenty of time will be set aside for questions and answers. Those signing up for the clinic Thursday – Saturday will be given free re-admission passes to enter the Show on Sunday for the clinic.
Ultimate Electronics Clinic
Sunday: Time TBD
$25 Fee – Purchase tickets at the Walleye 101 booth
Join Lance Valentine of Walleye 101 for an in-depth seminar designed to help you get the most from your Lowrance sonar / GPS units. Topics covered include: Sonar Interpretation; Using and Reading StructureScan; Advanced GPS Usage / Waypoint Management; Creating Your Own Lake Maps; Using Multiple Units; Planning a Sonar / GPS System; Basic Installation and Rigging; Using Networks and Ethernet; and New Products.