An 18-year-old, female bowhunter who shot a record brown bear; a 17-year pro bass fisherman (who also played trumpet for Reba McEntire); the three-time winner of the NorthwestKayak.com kayak fishing classic; and, reality TV stars from “Best of the West” and “Mounted in Alaska.” These are just some of the fishing, hunting and outdoors experts who will be presenting at the 2016 Great Alaska Sportsman Show, Thursday through Sunday in Anchorage.
The 33rd annual Great Alaska Sportsman Show will be held March 31st to April 3rd. More than 450 vendor booths will pack Sullivan Arena, an outdoor tent, the parking lot and both sides of Ben Boeke Ice Arena for the state’s largest trade show. Attend one or more of the 100 free seminars, get the kids over to the Trout Pond, practice your skills at the Flycasting Pond, meet some of Alaska’s favorite owls and birds or take advantage of show-only specials on outdoor gear and services.
“We’ve completely re-vamped our seminar lineup this year, and have a lot of new presenters,” said Steve Shepherd, president of Aurora Productions, Inc. “From an introduction to bowhunting for women to fishing from a kayak to getting ready to climb Denali, we have speakers on topics of interest to just about everyone.”
The Great Alaska Sportsman Show runs for four full days: Thursday, March 31st from 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday, April 1st from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and, Sunday, April 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11 ($10, plus $1 city tax) for adults, $3 for kids 2-12, free for kids under two and $6 for parking. A full show pass is available for $15.50, allowing you to come all four days of the show.
Save the parking fee by riding the free Shuttle Express, courtesy of Premier Alaska Tours. Buses run 60 minutes prior to opening and 60 minutes after the show closes each day from Midtown Walmart and Northway Mall.
Other features at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show include a full schedule of seminars led by Fish and Game Biologists and others with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. The Alaska Bird Treatment & Learning Center will have daily owl, raptor and bird demos. Fly fishers will want to practice and attend hands-on demos, and kids 12 and under have an opportunity to catch a fish for free in the Kid’s Fishing Pond.
Pick up the show program at the door for a map of vendor booths, a complete seminar schedule, informational articles and more. Learn more at www.greatalaskasportsmanshow.com.
Aurora Productions, Inc., in conjunction with Showcase Events, Inc., has been producing trade shows in Alaska since 1983. In addition to the Great Alaska Sportsman Show, the company organizes the Alaska Women’s Show and the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival.