Each year the Ultimate Sport Show tour attracts about 100,000 anglers, hunters, campers, boaters, conservationists and lovers of nature and the outdoors. Patrons come from throughout Michigan as well as Ohio, Indiana, Ontario and beyond.
“We’re very pleased with how the shows are coming together this year,” said show manager Adam Starr. “We’re ahead of where we were last year at this time and excited about selling out all of our exhibitor space. We’ve got some top-name talent coming in this year, including Kevin Van Dam and Mark Zona, both nationally-known names and both will make appearances at Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi during the Ultimate Fishing Show in January.”
“We’ve got a great lineup of expert speakers for all the shows, and we’re working hard to add more as the shows get closer,” said Starr, who added that he was also excited to see the Michigan Taxidermy Association returning to the Ultimate Sports Show – Grand Rapids, at DeVos Place. “The taxidermy display is always a crowd pleaser and shows some of the best taxidermy work in the state. This is the only show that I know of that has a taxidermy competition on display.”
The 68th Annual Ultimate Sport Show March 21 to 24 at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids, is one of America’s largest and longest-running outdoor shows. More than 350 exhibitors include 100-plus fishing tackle vendors, hunting gear, new fishing boats and 100 or more outfitters, lodges, guides, charter fishing and adventure-travel destinations throughout North America and abroad. Plus more than 100 non-stop fishing and hunting seminars occur on four stages, including 110,000-gallon Lake Ultimate. Statewide competition by the Michigan Taxidermists Association offers hundreds of the state’s best mounts for free viewing. Special features: Milt Wilcox’s “Ultimate Air Dogs,” MUCC’s “Big Buck Night, West” the Trout Pond, antique sporting goods displays, carvings by the Woodland Woodcarvers, and more. Hours: Thursday, 3 to 9:30; Friday, 11 to 9:30; Saturday, 10 to 9; Sunday, 10 to 5. Admission: $10 adults, $4 children 6 to 14, free for children 5 and under. Information: www.GRFish.com or 800-328-6550.