By Gary R. Blockus
A Sporting Life.net
This may be year 11 for the Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza, but the Weaknecht 50-Target 3-D Bow Fair surpasses it and then some.
Weaknecht’s Bow Fair is one of the big draws to the annual hunting, fishing and everything outdoors show that will be held at the Kempton Fairgrounds 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday Aug. 27 and Sunday,Aug. 28.
Bow hunters from miles around will be honing their skills in real-life hunting situations throughout each day in Weaknecht Bow Fair’s challenging 50-target, 3-D Course set up in woodland, hillside, rolling grass field and raised stations.
The shoot is split into two sections with archers taking aim at targets placed at moderate distances for the “Traditional Shoot” and others at longer, more difficult distances in the
“Modern Archery” division.
“Probably the main thing is we put out the 50 3-D targets so that it’s to get ready for hunting season,” explained Rick Weaknecht, owner of Weaknecht Archery, 159 Kutz Mill Road, Kutztown. “A lot of other places have shooting like this where it’s a competition with a scorecard and prizes. We have a scorecard that you can compare with friends, but this is all about getting ready for hunting season with real hunting situation shooting.”
In addition to 3-D deer targets, Weaknecht’s Bow Fair incorporates 3-D bear, turkey, bobcat and coyote targets, all of which are auctioned off – some at more than 50 percent savings on the original cost – after the shoot ends on Sunday.
But the main thing for Weaknecht is the number of manufacturers he gets involved for the show to help archers get ready for hunting season.
“We do have a heck of a good sale up there every year,” he said. “We push our manufacturers all year long to give us specials just for that weekend only. Already, everyone who buys a crossbow will get a free crossbow case, and the first 400 people every day will receive a free T-short sponsored by the archery manufacturers.
Weaknecht has enlisted a large number of archery manufacturers, including Hoyt, Bow Tech, Carbon Express, TenPoint Crossbows, Barnett Crossbows, Bear Archery, and more, to display and sell their equipment.
A $10 fee will be charged per 50-target round along with some extra shooting, upon request. Bring your bow.
Admission to the LVHFE is $5 for adults, $1 for ages 8-12 and kids under 8 are admitted free of charge. For complete information on the show, go online to www.lvhfe.com or to its Facebook page at Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza.
The Kempton Fairgrounds is located at 83 Community Drive, Kempton. Pa. To get there, take Exit 40 off I-78 at Krumsville. Travel five miles on 737 North to the town of Kempton. Go through town to signs for the Fairgrounds.
For more information on the LVHFE, contact Bob Danenhower at 610-398-7609, Rick Weaknecht, or Nathan Hertzog at 610-683-7405. Organizations with any positive connection to the outdoors are encouraged to inquire about setting up a booth space.