The 20th annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic Show, will be held Jan. 18 - 20th at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction, Vt. The three day, 100,000-square-foot event brings together 15,000 sportsmen, women and their families from all over, to celebrate Vermont's hunting and fishing heritage.
With nearly 175 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. During this long weekend, attend seminars, check out the latest gear, boats, trucks, tractors, ATVs, RV's and Harley's, take advantage of show specials and the truckload sale on Cannon gun safes, talk with wildlife and fisheries experts, and book the hunting or fishing adventure of a lifetime or have your trophy officially scored by the Vt Big Game Trophy Club. Twelve of the greatest whitetails ever taken will be available for viewing as part of the NRA's Great American Whitetail Collection. The kids can visit Ice Team's Kids Corner, try their luck at the catch, and release trout pond take part in the kids archery shoot, BB gun shoot and casting competition, minnow races or climb the 20-foot rock wall. The Let's go Fishing Program will help sharpen your youngster's skills with lure and knot tying.
With over 45 free seminars, everyone gets answers to their questions.
Whitetail hunting will be presented by nationally acclaimed hunters such as The Benoit Brothers, Hal Blood, Scott Kirkpatrick, Ken Hammel, Joe DiNitto, Jim Massett and other legends. Expert gun dog trainer Alec Sparks, famed Quaker Boy Turkey caller Joe Judd, top predator and hare hunter Bob Howe, bear and moose hunting experts Tom Hamilton and Mike Stevens the Ice fishing gurus Dave Genz a and James Vladyka, local fishing celebrity Nate Laskiewicz among others will all be on hand to share their experiences, tips and tactics to help you become more successful in the woods and on the water.
Vermont's new deer biologist, Adam Murkowski will be presenting on the Vermont deer herd outlook and Vermont's award winning chef and tournament bass fisherman, Jimmy Kennedy will provide game cooking demonstrations Saturday, Jan. 19 starting at 3 p.m. Don't miss the third annual Celebrity Whitetail Symposium Saturday at 1 p.m. or the Vermont NWTF Vermont Champion's Turkey Hunting Symposium Saturday at 2 p.m.
With one in five Vermonters taking to the fields and streams and spending $258 million annually, hunting and fishing is very important to Vermont's culture and rural economy. Come join the celebration. Tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for children and children under three are free. Show hours: Friday noon - 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free parking.
A portion of the show proceeds benefit Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta. For more information, the entire seminar schedule and seminar speaker information visit yankeeclassic.net or call 802-238-7501.