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