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2008 Boat, Sport, and Travel Show
Copyright © 2008 by Bill Scifres

The 54th annual sports show--more properly the Ford Boat, Sport and Travel Show is on the threshold, and that translates into spring. Almost the proverbial mortal lock on spring, the sports show opens a 10-day run in Pepsi Coliseum and all kinds of adjoining State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis) buildings Friday.

There are a couple--probably more--of new features this year. First, Ford steps into the picture as a quasi co-sponsor of the long-established show. Secondly, waterfowl flop in on a grandiose scale.

That is to say the annual Deer, Turkey Exposition in Expo Hall this year becomes the Deer, Turkey Waterfowl Exposition on the first three days of the show--Feb 15 - 17. Itís all a part of the larger sports show.

The Deer, Turkey, Waterfowl Expo, as usual, is designed to be one of the big draws of the Sports Show, of which there are many. 

Also a very popular feature of the show will be the Fishing Seminars.

This year the seminar staffers will include Dave Stewart, Mike Delvisco, O. T. Fears, Terry McWilliams, all bass; Bob and Rick Jones, crappie; Chris Walker and Chae Dolsen, musky; Capt. Mike Orr, trout and salmon; Gilbert Huxley, carp; Dan Armitage, kids and gadgets; Jim Dolan, local waters, and Bill McDonald, local, professional fishing.
Friday seminars--5 p.m., McDonald; 6 and 8 p.m., Stewart, 7 p.m., Dolsen.
Saturday--11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Stewart; 12 noon and 6 p.m., McDonald; 1 and 4 p.m., Armitage; 2 and 5 p.m. The Joneses, and 8 p.m. Orr.
Sunday--11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Armatage; 12 noon and 3 p.m., McDonald, and 1 and 4 p.m., the Joneses.
Hours for the show are Fridays, 3 to 9;30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.Monday (Feb. 18), noon to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission fee is $9 for adults, $9 for seniors (60 +), $7 children (6-12); free (children 5 and under). Discount tickets (saving $1 available at Marsh Grocery stores and Village Pantries through Feb 14. Two-day ticket $18.

HIGH WATER--Recent and current high water levels often help outdoors folks in many ways, but the same flooding situations are often bad for those who live or play on water.

As recently as last Thursday, for example, three young men in a canoe were thrown into raging White Riverís West Fork south of 116th Street when their craft became entangled with a tree in the fast water. 

The cardinal rule when floating in high, fast water is to keep any craft involved away from sturdy objects. The problem here lies in the fact that fast-moving water can put a tremendous force against the side of such a craft. If a boat, or another craft is allowed to float against a solid object under the water level, the force of the current against a surface of the craft can (and often does) create a great force against the craft, often spinning it and dousing the occupants.

For safetyís sake, always wear (not just have handy) an approved, wearable life preserver. Thatís the law, and a good one. Then keep a watercraft well clear of sturdy or non-sturdy objects.

MORE ON SPRING--In case you are fearful that spring will never come, let the Snow Drops (alias Snow Flowers) speak for themselves. They are, as usual at this time of year, putting out now the faintest, most beautiful white blooms in my front yard. 

All columns, essays, and photos are copyrighted by Bill Scifres and may not be reproduced in any form without prior permission from the author.  For reproduction permission and media usage fees, contact: Bill Scifres, 6420 East 116th Street, Fishers, IN 46038, E-mail: billscifres@aol.com

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