February 23-26, 2023
Features & Attractions
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2022 Outdoorama. The 2023 Show details will be posted later this year.
Timberworks Lumberjack Show
See Lumberjack World Championship competitors go head-to-head in modern day Lumberjack competition! Captivating audiences for over 25 years, Timberworks Lumberjack Show powered by STIHL includes events such as axe throwing, chopping, log rolling, cross-cut sawing, hot sawing and chainsaw carving. These century old skills were used in the logging camps of North America in the early 1900’s. To pass idle time, lumberjacks would challenge opposing logging camps in head-to-head competitions. Although technology and machinery have replaced manual labor, the old-time skills are still used today by the Lumberjacks.
Thursday: 4pm | 8pm
Friday: 1pm | 4pm | 7pm
Saturday: 12pm | 5pm | 7pm
Sunday: 12pm | 3pm
Big Buck Night
Thursday – 7pm (seating starts at 6:30pm)
Presented by Michigan Out of Doors TV Show
This is a long time tradition. Celebrity hosts Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olson will interview the lucky Michigan hunters who bagged some of the largest whitetail deer of the season. Special consideration is given to lucky hunters who have amazing stories about their kill. This one night show will be filmed for airing on the upcoming television program and is a must-see for every Michigan deer hunter!
Fly Tyers Corner
Come watch some of the top fly tyers in Michigan as they set up and demonstrate their favorite patterns or make a request. This is a constant workshop for anglers that share an interest in this artful pastime. It is presented by local experts and guides from the Michigan Fly Fishing Club.
Commemorative Bucks of Michigan
Commemorative Bucks of Michigan will be at the Show to score your deer, turkey, bear and elk. They will have Boone and Crockett / Pope and Young measurers to assist you. Bring your trophies and have them scored for FREE while you enjoy the Show. You can also display your trophies for the duration of the Show for all to see on the Buck Boards!
CBM Buck Boards
Back again at Outdoorama, attendees that bring their trophy deer, turkey, or bear to the Show and have it scored for free by the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan will have the option of putting it on display for the duration of the Show for all to see on the Buck Boards. Fees will be charged by CBM for entry into the actual record books.
Deer Processing Demo
Presented by Country Smoke House on Saturday at 3pm on the Main Stage
Steve Francis, owner of Country Smoke House in Almont, MI will demonstrate how to field dress, handle, butcher and process your next Whitetail deer. Country Smoke House processes thousands of deer each year. Steve is an expert in his field and will show you tricks of the trade and lessons learned over decades of hard work in the butchering industry. He starts with a fresh deer and walks through every step of the process from dressing and skinning to butchering and packaging. This is a must-see for every deer hunter and venison lover!
Operated by Michigan B.A.S.S. as a fundraiser, you and your kids are invited to come and try your hand at one of the State’s best indoor ponds for live rainbow trout. Even if you come just to watch, you will see the highest catch percentage of any trout pond you have ever seen. It only costs $5 to give it a try.
Howell Nature Center
See the live animal display from the Howell Nature Center at the show! They will have fun activities for kids while learning about what the Nature Center does for our wildlife in Michigan.
Antique & Classic Fishing Tackle
Visit them in booth #5150
Terry McBurney, award winning Woods-n-Water News writer, and Tony Przybylo, Michigan lure collector, will be on-hand all four days of the show exhibiting some of their “Made in Michigan” tackle collection – lures, reels, rods and accessories. Both are members of the NFLCC (National Fishing Lure Collectors Club.) They will be answering questions and offering FREE appraisals. Outdoorama visitors are invited to bring in their old fishing tackle tucked away in the barn, basement or garage. They are also interested in buying vintage tackle for their collections. There might be some valuable surprises in that old tackle box!
Classic Wood Boats & American Rowboat Motors
Visit them in booth #5150
John Brice will be exhibiting his beautifully restored 1930’s boat livery rental rowboat with a 1929 3hp OMC Fold Light rowboat motor. Charlie Schmidt will be showing several of his vintage outboard motor collection. Both exhibitors are members of the Antique Outboard Club and will be answering questions and offering appraisals on any outboard brought to the show. They are also interested in buying vintage motors to add to their collection.
Vintage Hand-Built Tether Boats Raced on Belle Isle
Visit him in booth #5150
Kent Lund will be coming to the Outdoorama displaying his award winning collection of “Tether Racing Boats.” These wood boats were powered by either gasoline or steam engines and were hand built by the racers – many of them talented machinists or tool makers. These remarkable boats were raced locally, first at the Detroit Water Works Park and later on Belle Isle between 1924 and 1955 with peak interest just before WWII.
Kent Lund is also the host of the local cable show, “The Collectors,” on Bloomfield Community Television on Demand, which covers Bloomfield, Birmingham and Franklin. His show airs each Tuesday night on Comcast Channel 15 and AT&T channel 99 and Thursday at 11:30AM. Viewers can also go online and request individual shows from the past. Currently, there are twenty “Collector” shows in their archives.