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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — For those looking to get equipped and informed about the great outdoors, the 20th annual Newswatch 12 Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show is back to showcase everything fun (and useful) under the sun.
The show will be February 21 through 23 at the Jackson County Expo.
2020 Newswatch 12 Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show hours and ticket info
- Friday (2/21) Noon - 9 p.m.
- Saturday (2/22) 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Sunday (2/23) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission is $8.00 for adults or $6.00 with a Bi-Mart $2.00 off coupon good Friday and Sunday only. Children ages 6 to 12 are $1.00 and under 5 are free.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see hundreds of exhibits covering fishing, hunting, boating, RVs, ATVs, camping, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, climbing and more — including the latest in boats, vehicles, and hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment.
For children there will be a trout pond, archery range, and ODFW Shooting Gallery. The Bi-Mart's Kids S.A.F.E. BB gun range focuses on teaching basic gun safety to children.
On top of the many exhibits will be three main attractions, on top of presentations from experts at the Sportsmen's Theater and demonstrations on the giant fish tank. Rob Gensorek, owner of Basin Tackle in Charleston, Oregon, will introduce the features.
Joe Krathwohl presents his Birdman Bird Show, introducing his five-foot tall, 95-pound double wattled cassowary from the Australian rainforest and a number of other impressive birds.
“My mission is to get people to love birds,” Krathwohl. “If they love birds they’ll be aware of them and their needs and the needs of their habitats. People who love birds will support conservation efforts. We’ll give them an up close experience they’ll never forget. Hopefully that person will leave the show as a lover of birds and will be motivated to help with the conservation of birds.”
The nonprofit Combat Hero Bike Build will roll in with a three-wheeled motorcycle to showcase the bikes that they modify for wounded military veterans. Mark Daley of Thunderstruck Customs and Jason Titus of Sucker Punch Painting in Medford donate much of their work to help customize the bikes.
“We’re vets helping vets. We’re all volunteers. This is our way of giving back,” said Joh Barker, one of the founders of Combat Hero Bike Build.
The 2020 Tour of Northwest Big Game Animals will feature record-sized deer, elk, bear and wolves, plus educational info on each of the animals. The display will include the Oregon state record non-typical Rocky Mountain elk, a bull that was taken in the Mount Emily area of northeastern Oregon in 2015. There’ll be four bull racks that have scored over 400 on display.
"From novices to old pros, outdoors men and women will surely find something of interest at these shows through the many unique exhibits, performances, attractions and demonstrations," organizers with Expo Sure said in a statement.
Tickets for the 2020 Newswatch 12 Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show are $8 for adults or $6 with a Bi-Mart coupon that is good for Friday and Sunday only. Children ages 6 to 12 can get in for $1, while kids 5 and under are free.