Vietnam seminars on tap at LVHFE

The Dogs of War Vietnam Living History Group will once again set up camp at the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza Aug. 27-28 at the Kempton Fairgrounds, Kempton, Pa.


This year, however, there will be no battle reenactment as the Dogs of War begin to focus more on educational awareness. As part of the effort, the group is showcasing the actual command Jeep used by Gen. George S. Patton IV during the conflict.


Wet going – A Marine keeps a battery pack dry as he wades through a muddy hole while on a search mission.
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“We’re doing four educational seminars throughout the show,” said Dogs of War founder Jon Showers, who was

6-years-old in 1968 when his step-father was killed in Vietnam. “We have two 45-minute seminars each day which are designed to give the public an introduction to what these brave men and women went through in Vietnam.”

Presentations both days will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., giving show-goers the chance to see a seminar, take part in the many hands-on outdoor activities like archery, trapshooting, dog training and more, and then come back to see the second seminar.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Dogs of War will present an Introduction to the war at 11 a.m., followed by a 2 p.m. seminar on Agent Orange Awareness. On Sunday, Aug. 28, there will be an 11 a.m. seminar on the weapons used in the conflict. The final seminar at 2 p.m. will deal with the end of the conflict.

“What we have is a $200,000 investment that is an entire encampment of Vietnam equipment from both sides,” Showers said. “We have weapons captured from the enemy, equipment used by the enemy, cultural items from the 1960s, and U.S. weapons and equipment.

The prized piece of equipment is the actual command Jeep used during the conflict by the son of World War II hero Gen. George S. Patton.

To find out more about the group, go to their Facebook page: Dogs of War Vietnam Living History Group.

To honor our service men and women, LVHFE directors Bob Danenhower and Rick Weaknecht proudly offer free admission for all veterans, active military personnel, police, firefighters and other first responders, with proper ID, after 12 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28.


The Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza is working with many other clubs and organizations to plan their involvement.

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The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza takes place 8 a.m.-6 p.m. both Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, August 28.

Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 8-12, free for children under 8, and free for uniformed Scouts and their leaders. Veterans, active military personnel and all first responders with proper ID receive free admission beginning 12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Parking is always free!

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.



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