If you’re angling for some warm thoughts in the middle of winter, don’t let the Let’s Go Fishing Show be the big one that got away.
Nearly 8,500 people tested the waters last year at the annual event at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. The family-friendly event features more than 100 fishing vendors, free seminars, prizes, a live fishing pond, five local boat dealers, a beer garden and children’s activities.
This year’s show is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. All activities are included in admission, which is $7 for adults; $3.50 for ages 6-15; free for children 5 and under.
Vendors will showcase a variety of fishing tackle, rods, reels, trolling motors, depth finders, fishing resorts, float trips and more.
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Cabela’s is sponsoring a live fishing pond, a free interactive fishing experience for children. It’s the perfect change for a child to catch his first fish.
Pro angler Todd Faircloth will headline the seminar speaker lineup sponsored by Dupo Marine Center. Faircloth has five first-place finishes in pro tournaments, is an 11-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and has won more that $2 million.
Other speakers include Paul Center of Angling Adventures & Custom Rods; Steve Welch of Lake Shelbyville Guide Service; Walter Krause of Shawnee Muskie Hunters, Joel Drury of I’ll Be Jigged; Nick Shafer of Rend Lake Fishing Guides; Todd Huckabee of Grizzly Jig; and David Maas of DWAZ Lures. Seminar topics include bass, trout, fly fishing, walleye, muskie, crappie and hand-fishing. Let’s Go Fishing Show guests can meet the pros, ask questions, collect autographs and take photos with the pros.
Prizes will be given throughout the show, including a grand prize fishing trip to Zup’s Fishing Resort & Canoe Outfitters on Lac La Croix in Ontario, Canada.
Additional children’s activities include face painting; balloon animals; and interactive live animal exhibits from the TreeHouse Wildlife Center in Dow. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will bring a live fishing simulator for children to experience fishing and learn fishing techniques.
Madison County history
The Madison County History Museum has four new mini exhibits.
A display celebrating the centennial of the Madison County Courthouse shares the front room with an exhibit that shows the contents of a fallout shelter emergency kit from the 1960s.
Another display highlights research by Assistant Curator Casey Weeks on the City Beautiful Movement in Madison County. Both Alton and Granite City built new city halls during this period. Weeks incorporated her research information and photographs to create a large poster explaining the local impact of this change in architectural design. A glass display case of architectural elements complements the poster.
An exhibit of dolls from the past is in the large display case in the center hall. It illustrates that some dolls from the past look mean or seem “creepy” by today’s standards.
Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
STL Motorcycle Show
Wanna get away?
Motor on down to the STL Motorcycle Show on Saturday and Sunday at America’s Center in St. Louis.
The show features more than 40 exhibitors; stunt performances by ILL Conduct and XPOGO; a custom bike show; live music; a free photo booth and a vintage bike exhibition. Radio personalities on hand include Jeff Burton & Lux from 105.7 The Point; John Ulett & Favazz from KSHE 95; and Dave Glover and Mark Close from FM NewsTalk 97.1.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets at the door are $10 for ages 16 and over; free (with a paid adult admission) for ages 15 and under. You can print out a buy one, get one free coupon at www.stlmotorcycleshow.com. You an also get free admission by pre-registering to give blood at the same website.