News release from the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum:
Zip through the Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show
January 23-25 at the Memorial Coliseum
(January 2, 2015) â€” For the first time, adventurists of all ages can zipline from almost three stories high and soar over a 25,000-gallon kayak lagoon January 23-25 at the 6th annual Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show (OSLC) at the Memorial Coliseum.
Showgoers will be able to take zipline flights and fish in two stocked ponds as part of a fundraiser set up for the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Chapterâ€”a nonprofit that raises money to honor World War II military veterans by sending them on a one-day all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to visit the war memorials. Each Honor Flight costs around $60,000, and in 2015, the chapter is hopes to send close to 300 military veterans total on four separate flights starting this spring. The Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Chapter will be at the three-day OSLC show hosting presentations and taking applications from families of living World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. Show admission for active military or veterans is half offâ€”only $5.
Among the return of boat rides, youth archery lessons and an air rifle shooting range, are new show features including chainsaw woodcarving demonstrations (and auction for the honor flights), inflatable BB gun range and military vehicle display from the National Military History Center. And for the first time, Schnelker Marine Focus Powersports will have official Bass Pro Shop products on-site for purchase including fishing and pontoon boats, and also present fishing seminars throughout the weekend.
An amateur lumberjack competition will feature local Air Force vs. Marines, and Army vs. Navy branches competing against one another on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The popular STIHL Timberworks Lumberjack Show, as seen on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” Discovery Channel’s “The Travelers” and MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules,” will return to entertain audiences by speed climbing 45-feet high, ax throwing, log rolling, as well as cross-cut and hot sawing. Daily shows are set for 5, 6:30, and 8 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Over 100 outdoor exhibitors will fill the 108,000 square-foot space with a wide range of sporting goods and services related to: biking, hiking, camping and fitness, hunting and fishing, boats and water sports, vacation and travel, recreational vehicles and motorsports, cottage living and more.
“It’s a great way for the whole family to break away from feeling cooped up at home, and instead, recreate the great outdoors under one roof,” said David Marquart, director of operations for Coliseum Productions. “While the drab winter might keep us inside more, our show helps motivate people to be active and start planning for their outdoor adventures.”
On Sunday from 3-5 p.m., the fiddle and guitar duo Hubie Ashcraft & Travis Gow will close out the show with a “Salute to Local Heroes” tribute concert and free Blue Bell ice cream social. Military families can enjoy complimentary fishing and zipline rides during that time as well.
Cost is $10 for adults and is valid for re-admission all weekend. Children 12 and under are free. Two-dollar discount coupons are available on SportsandCabinShow.com, and at Fort Wayne area Gander Mountain and Dick’s Sporting Goods stores prior to the show. Mizpah Shrine Circus attendees (also at the Coliseum that same weekend) receive $2 off admission with a ticket stub, but is not valid combined with other offers.
Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, log on SportsandCabinShow.com.
About the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the tri-state area’s leading sports, entertainment and tradeshow facility, hosting over 1,000,000 visitors annually. Serving northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan, the 80-acre Memorial Coliseum and Expo Center complex is host to the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL), the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBADL) and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls (WFTDA). The facility also hosts national concerts, family shows, business and consumer events, the area’s largest tradeshows and private gatherings. For more information, visit www.memorialcoliseum.com.