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Features & Attractions
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2019 Ultimate Sport Show. The 2020 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.
Thursday: 4pm | 8pm
Friday: 1pm | 5pm | 8pm
Saturday: 1pm | 4pm | 7pm
Sunday: 12pm | 3pm
Tony Gates – Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Food Drive
Bring a sack of at least 6 non-perishable food items (cans or boxes) on Thursday ONLY, March 19 to the RV parked in front of DeVos Place and get in to the Show FREE! Tony Gates of WLAV mornings will be broadcasting live in front of DeVos Place from 7am to 6pm. The food will be collected by MSAH volunteers and donated to God’s Kitchen of Catholic Charities West Michigan and other needy organizations. Over the years it is estimated that attending Sportsmen, upwards of 2,000 each year, have donated over 200,000 lbs. of food during this, the largest annual single day food drive in Michigan! Help Tony Gates and MSAH volunteers set another record this year!
Big Buck Night West
Thursday – 7pm in the Ballroom (seating begins at 6:30pm)
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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, brought to the Show by Cran Hill Ranch. Test your skills with the ultimate in safety. There is a small fee for participation and proceeds benefit the Child Mentoring Services at DA Blodgett – St Johns.
Antique & Classic Fishing Tackle
Visit them in booth #50 in the Grand Gallery
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 a wide variety of lures, reels, rods and accessories. Terry will be answering questions and offering FREE appraisals. Ultimate Sport Show visitors are invited to bring in their old fishing tackle tucked away in the barn, basement or garage. There might be some valuable surprises!
Vintage Boats & Outboard Motors
Visit them in booth #50 in the Grand Gallery
Dick VanRaalte, who owns Starboard Marine Restorations of Grand Haven, MI and professionally restores wood and fiberglass boats as well as outboard motors, will be on-hand throughout the Show. He will be exhibiting a display of vintage outboards and restored wood and fiberglass boats. Dick is a member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc. 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.
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.
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.