February 25 - February 28, 2021
Features & Attractions
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2020 Outdoorama. The 2021 Show details will be posted soon.
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 and Lumberjills. Feel the rush of adrenaline as Lumberjills battle it out in a feat of balance and strength in the log rolling match, and don’t blink as the Lumberjacks race up the climbing poles with lighting speed.
Lumberjacks Performance Schedule:
Thursday: 4pm | 8pm
Friday: 1pm | 4pm | 7pm
Saturday: 12pm | 4pm | 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 also 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. Also back by popular demand, you can 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 Big Game 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!
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! Michigan Charter Captains are on-hand to coach your fish playing techniques. Top scores win charter fishing trips on the Great Lakes. All proceeds benefit the Michigan Charter Boat Association’s scholarship fund.
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.
Pellet Shooting Range
A Pellet Shooting Range will thrill plinkers and shooters of all ages. This popular feature is destined to be a big hit. Certified instructors are on-hand to teach accuracy and safety to shooters of all ages.
Sportsmen’s Hog Roast
A large dining area has been designated as the site of the annual Sportsmen’s Grill food court. After rave reviews last winter, the area has acquired “ultimate” status with and expanded menu and a large bar area popular with sportsmen.
Antique & Classic Fishing Tackle
Visit them in booth #5150
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, the Old Reel Collectors Association and is well versed in a variety of lures, reels, rods and accessories. He 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. There might be some valuable surprises!
Classic Wood Boats & American Rowboat Motors
Visit him in booth #5150
Charlie Schmidt will be exhibiting part of his collection of vintage outboard motors, as well as a beautifully restored 13-ft. Lyman wood split deck runabout and a Johnson 18 HP motor (both the boat and the motor were built in 1957.) With many years of experience collecting and restoring old outboards, as well as wood boats, Schmidt will also be answering questions and offering free appraisals on any outboards brought to the show. He is also interested in buying vintage motors for his collection.
A beautifully restored 13-ft. Lyman wood split deck runabout and a Johnson 18 HP motor – both built in 1957
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 Video on Demand, which covers Bloomfield, Birmingham and Franklin. His show airs each Tuesday on Comcast Channel 18 at 8:30 PM. Viewers can also go on line and request individual shows from the past. Currently, there are twenty “Collector” shows in their archives.
Four tether boats on display. The boats, as well as the motors, were hand-built by their owners.