February 23-26, 2023

Family Fun, Outdoors Education Highlight 48th Annual Outdoorama

Family Fun, Outdoors Education Highlight 48th Annual Outdoorama

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:
Henri Boucher, Show Producer, ShowSpan, Inc. – 616-447-2860
Ben Nielsen, Show Manager, ShowSpan – 616-447-2860
Bill Parker, Sport Show Publicist – 248-886-5883
E-mail: events@showspan.com | Website: www.Outdoorama.com


Family Fun, Outdoors Education Highlight 48th Annual Outdoorama


NOVI, MI — The show that celebrates Michigan’s conservation heritage returns to Metro-Detroit February 24-27 when the 48th annual Outdoorama sets up camp at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.


Conservation, outdoors education, and family fun are the pillars of Outdoorama, but the exciting show also features hundreds of boats, marine accessories, hunting and fishing gear, educational and entertaining seminars, and guides and outfitters from across the country and beyond. Whether it’s watching the thrilling head-to-head Timberworks Lumberjack competitions, seeing some of the largest bucks taken in 2021 at Big Buck Night-East (Thursday only), enjoying an up-close encounter with Live Birds of Prey, or attending one of the non-stop Educational Seminars there is something for everyone at Outdoorama.


Patrons will find some of the best deals of the year at Outdoorama, too. With over five acres of boats, hunting and fishing gear, and outfitters and guides from across North America and beyond, deals abound for everyone.


A diverse lineup of entertaining seminars provide hours of education for anglers, hunters, wildlife watchers and their families.


“Outdoorama has been providing southeast Michigan residents with family fun, conservation, and outdoors education for nearly 50 years,” says Show Manager Ben Nielsen. “The show began in 1973 at the old state fair grounds on 8 Mile Road and has maintained its tradition of providing a wide variety of hunting and fishing gear, boats, motors, and accessories, hands-on activities and a full slate of continuous, educational hunting and fishing seminars by some of the best in the industry. We’re excited about this year’s show and can’t wait for the doors to open at 1 p.m. on February 24.”


Returning to Outdoorama by popular demand is the Timberworks Lumberjack Show. These lumberjacks and lumberjills are world championship competitors and use the same skills used in logging camps in the 1900s to thrill the crowds with entertaining dialog and head-to-head competition in skills including log rolling, pole climbing, ax throwing, crosscut sawing and more. The Timberworks Lumberjack Show has nation-wide appeal and has appeared on television shows including Wide World of Sports and Fox and Friends. They are sure to be a hit with the crowds at Outdoorama.


Outdoors TV stars Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olsen also return to Outdoorama to tape this year’s version of Big Buck Night-East, an annual family staple on Michigan Out-of-Doors TV. The show will be filmed on Thursday evening beginning at 7 p.m. It’s free with admission and doors open at 6:30 p.m.



Also returning by popular demand is a Locked Antler Display, featuring over 20 sets of locked antlers from white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose.


Commemorative Bucks of Michigan measurers will be on hand all four days of the show providing free scoring of trophy deer, bear, elk, and turkey. Patrons who have their trophies scored are encouraged to display them on the Outdoorama Buck Board.


More and more deer hunters are butchering their own harvest each year and filling their freezers with lean, protein-rich venison. If you want to see how professionals do the job Outdoorama will feature a deer processing demonstration by Steve Francis, owner of Country Smokehouse in Almont, Mich.


If you build an appetite while attending the show be sure to visit the Sportsman’s Hog Roast. A large dining area has been designated as the site of the annual Sportsman’s Grill food court. After rave reviews at past shows, the area has acquired “Ultimate” status with an expanded menu, a family entertainment area, and a large bar area popular with sportsmen. This year’s food will be “Wild” for sure!


The Michigan B.A.S.S. Federation Nation will again provide one of the best indoor Trout Ponds in the state. For a nominal fee kids can try their luck at catching a live rainbow trout. In addition, there is a Pellet Shooting Range and a Crossbow Shooting Range with certified instructors offering free lessons on shooting. There also is an Archery Range for kids and beginners, staffed by members of the Michigan Bowhunters Association, as well as a Rock-Climbing Wall.


Live wild animals and birds of prey will be on display by the Howell Nature Center and the Michigan Hawking Club.


Planning a hunting or fishing trip? Outfitters Expo provides show patrons with nearly unlimited family vacation and adventure travel, including hunting and fishing destinations in Michigan, throughout North America, and beyond. You can book a fishing trip to Canada, an elk hunt in Idaho, a family houseboat adventure in Kentucky and more.


Antique & Classic Fishing Tackle will be on display at Outdoorama, some of which has its roots right here in southeastern Michigan. Got some antique lures lying around? Bring them in and have Antique Tackle Expert Terry McBurney appraise them for you. There also will be several Vintage Boats and Vintage Motors on display at the show.


A bonus for Outdoorama patrons is free crossover admission to the 15th annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, held concurrently at Suburban Collection Showplace – two shows for the price of one.


Headlining the All-Star Seminar Lineup are deer hunting experts Tim Andrus, Tony LaPratt, Tom Richardson, and Joe Thomas. They’ll be joined by turkey hunting expert and calling champion Seth McCullough, and expert dog handler Len Jenkins.


On the fishing side of the seminars are professional walleye experts Mark Romanack, Mark Martin, and Lance Valentine. Other fishing seminar leaders include Jake Romanack, Joel Piatek, and Wayne Carpenter.


Kids and adults enjoy collecting the commemorative Dardevle spoons that Eppinger Manufacturing Co. in Dearborn provides each year on Thursday and Friday to the first 500 show patrons. On Saturday and Sunday the first 250 patrons will receive a K&E Bass Stopper lure from Stopper Lures in Hastings.


The show that celebrates Michigan’s great outdoors is Feb. 24-27. Admission is $12 adult, $5 for children ages 6 to 14, and children 5 and under will be admitted free. On-site parking is $5. Show hours are Thursday, 1 to 9; Friday, 11 to 9; Saturday, 10 to 8; and Sunday, 10 to 5.


For more information visit http://www.Outdoorama.com or call (616) 447-2860.


Discount weekday tickets are available online at Outdoorama.com. You can also follow late-breaking news and developments at: www.facebook.com/ULTIMATESPORTSHOWTOUR and at www.twitter.com/Outdoorama


Media Note:  For high-res images visit: http://www.showspan.com/OUT/MediaGallery.aspx Contact Publicist Bill Parker at the above number for tickets to the show.


The Suburban Collection Showplace, a state-of-the-art Exposition, Convention and Conference Center in Novi, Michigan, is owned and managed by Blair M. Bowman. The Suburban Collection Showplace offers approximately 320,000 square feet of space, including 30,000 square feet of meeting space. Other attractive amenities include a full-service kitchen capable of serving a sit down meal to 3,500 people, formal banquet halls, full-service concession areas, two major atrium style entrances with 25,000 square feet of lobby space for pre-function and registration activities. For more information, visit www.SuburbanCollectionShowplace.com.