It could be that there will be snow on the roof
of Pepsi Coliseum and several other buildings at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
when the curtain rises for the 52nd annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport &
Travel Show Feb. 17, but it will be spring, summer, and fall rolled into
one season for 10 days.
Staged by Renfro Productions, this sportsman’s
extravaganza launched by the late Harry Renfro more than half a century
ago, offers something for anyone who steps outdoors with recreation in
When one tries to enumerate the great features
of the show that often is called “ “best of the Midwest” by both exhibitors
and patrons, one had better be without mittens and socks. It is that good
and that big.
For those who recreate with fishing gear, guns
and other gear used for “bringing home the bacon,” there is a wealth of
information and entertainment in Exposition Hall and Champions Pavilion.
But boat and recreational vehicle folks will be just as happy in West and
South pavilions, and Pepsi Coliseum will be the apple of eyes that see
a vacation as the solution to their wanderlust. Put it all together and
you have an unsurpassed superfecta of ourdoorsing.
Although the Sports Show runs for 10 days (through
Feb. 26), the three-day Indiana Deer and Turkey Exposition runs concurrently
through the first weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and the three-day
Indiana Motorcycle Exposition runs through the last weekend. Both will
be found in Exposition Hall.
Exhibitors of Expo Hall will offer a wealth of
lore on hunting deer and wild turkey, but a huge feature revolves around
the Indiana Deer Hunters Association’s antler scoring program in the first
The Deer Hunters Association brings in official
scorers to measure racks that have potential for the Indiana Record Buck
Program. There is a $10 fee for measuring a deer rack, but if it is large
enough for inclusion in the official record book (140 for typical, 160
for non-typical) there is no further charge.
This feature also offers the awesome “Legends
Of Indiana” display, some of the largest racks ever taken in Indiana.
Expo Hall’s schedule of hunting seminars offers
such big names as C.J. Winand, and Roger Raglin on deer, and Preston Crabtree
on wild turkey.
Hours: Fridays, Feb. 17 and 24, 3 to 9:30 pm;
Saturdays, Feb. 18 and 25, 10 am to 9:30 pm; Sundays, Feb. 19 and 26, 10
am to 5 pm; Monday, Feb. 20, noon to 9 pm; Tuesday through Thursday, Feb.
21, 22, 23, 3 to 9 pm.
Admission: $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for senior
citizens, $6.00 for children 6-12 years old, children 5 years old or younger
admitted free. Advance tickets at Marsh grocery stores will save some money.
Two-day Pass, $15.00.
Sen. Robert Meeks, LaGrange, will be honored as
“Conservationist Of The Year” when the Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA)
stages its second annual Conservation Day at the Statehouse February 20.
Sen. Meeks, long a strong supporter of good conservation
practices, will be honored for his work in the Indiana General Assembly.
Twenty-Five of the state’s leading organizations
on conservation of natural resources are members of the INCA. Each is expected
to have a desk on the second floor of the Statehouse for activities that
will start at 11:15 a.m. when John Tomke, former national president of
Ducks Unlimited, will speak. A reception for legislators is scheduled for
The INCA will stage an organizational meeting
at 9 a.m. that day in Conference Room C of the Indiana Government Center
South. Individuals and representatives of member organizations will register
for the event at that meeting.
Purpose of the Conservation Day program is to
help legislators learn more about legislative issues involving wildlife
and natural resources.
HAIR TODAY . . .
True to the February form chart on squirrels,
we are getting some questions about squirrels wearing dark splotches of
skin where their hair should be . . . the most asked question: Wha
We asked Dr. Harmon P. Weeks, Purdue U. wildlife
professor, about this last year at a time when it seemed logical that this
would occur in adult squirrels that might be preparing a cozy place for
young to survive the dying blasts of winter. It is that time, you know.
Not so, said Dr. Weeks, my candidate for most
knowledgeable wild-lifer of the state, maybe the universe. It is caused
by a high level of giberellic acid, he continued, noting that this comes
from eating fermented corn . . . Note: Dealing in fermented corn “still,”
is frowned upon by the revenuers, but I am not certain this would apply
to squirrels. . . .