A Celebration of Our Outdoors Heritage

11TH LEHIGH VALLEY HUNTING & FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA:

A CELEBRATION OF OUR HERITAGE

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. August 27-28

At the Kempton Fairgrounds, Kempton, PA

 

The 11th annual Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza that takes place AUg. 27-28 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa., is again an early fall show, just prior to the fall hunting and fishing seasons. The Kempton Fairgrounds offer the largest outdoors sportsman’s show in the East.

When it comes to youth involvement, everyone talks the talk, but we walk the walk!

As a special salute to our everyday heroes, all police, active and retired military personnel, and first responders with proper ID gain free admission 11 a.m. until closing on Sunday, Aug 28.

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A stringer full of trout on opening day

“It’s our way to say thank you to those people who are out there putting their lives on the line so that we can have this way of life,” said show co-directors Bob Danenhower, Sr. and Rick Weaknecht.

It’s almost show time.

What is arguably Pennsylvania’s most innovative outdoors show heads into its 11th season Aug. 27 as the Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza opens its gates 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days for the hands-on, activity-packed event at Kempton Fairgrounds in Berks County, a beautiful site overlooking the Blue Mountain and the home of Weaknecht’s Bow Fair for 16 summers.

The Saturday through Sunday show will be chock full of activities for participants and spectators. Few shows offer as many hands-on activities geared to both kids and adults. Visitors can spend the day wandering the spacious fairground and stop by booths, demonstrations, displays, seminars and other attractions set up inside two large halls, under the roofed picnic pavilion, and beneath the open sky.

Be sure to allow sufficient time to pursue a variety of activities certain to entertain, educate and enjoy in this rain-or-shine event. From training dogs to shooting muzzleloaders, there’s something for everyone. Come early and stay late.

This is a family experience with adults from regional and statewide sportsmen’s groups volunteering their time and talents as mentors for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youngsters attending the show. Kids can draw their first bow, tie their first fishing knot, cast their first line and safely shoot their first gun under expert supervision.

“This has everything a regular sports show has – new products, sales of outdoor gear, outfitters, manufacturers with their new products and a heck of a lot more – even an outdoor Hunting & Fishing flea market,” said Danenhower. “It’s focused on both kids and adults. It really is a family affair.”

A partial listing of local organizations and sportsmen’s clubs participating in the 11th annual summer extravaganza includes:  U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs; Delaware River Shad Fisherman’s Association;  Lehigh Valley Ruffed Grouse Society; District 10 Pennsylvania Trappers Association; Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation; Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Berks County; Lehigh County Fish & Game Protective Association; United Bowhunters of PA; Daisy BB Guns; Oley Valley Fish & Game;  L.V. Ducks Unlimited; Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry; Berks County National Guard; Lehigh Valley Girl and A Gun; Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and many more!

OUR TOP SPONSORS HAVE BEEN WITH US FROM THE START!

Helping to make the show an affordable and quality experience is substantial backing provided by Diamond-level sponsors Rothrock Motors of Allentown and Gold-level sponsor Horwith Freightliner. Rothrock and Horwith will have displays and products set up at the show, with Rothrock displaying sportsman favorites like Dodge trucks, SUVs and a full selection of jeeps that appeal to many hunter and anglers. Rothrock will also be offering show special prices.

Please take some time to view our Sponsor and Friends of the show Web pages (www.lvhfe.com) for a complete listing. And above all, try to support them as they support our heritage.

We would like to extend a warm Extravaganza welcome to Hatfield Quality Meats as a like Hatfield Quality Meats, Rothrock Motors and Horwith Freightliners have very strong local roots, strong family values and care deeply about preserving our Outdoor Heritage, and we are very excited to have them on our team. Hunters, when my deer meat is gone, I head for Hatfield!

The first 400 paying adults on Saturday and Sunday will receive free show T-shirts sponsored by Victory Arrows and FeraDyne outdoors.

 WEAKNECHT’S 50-TARGET 3-D BOW FAIR

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.

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.

ARCHERY NOVETY SHOOTS

Saturday and Sunday

Ping Pong Shoot and The Iron Buck, run by Jason Lentz

If you can draw your bow and shoot under pressure, you will have to try our novelty shoots, which also include a simulated live turkey shoot. Bring some of your junk arrows along because we just may have some arrow wreckers for you to try.

You can shoot novelty shoots for a nominal fee and win prizes.

THE DOGS OF WAR, VIETNAM REANACTMENT

If you are a history buff or just want to expose your children to the history of the sacrifices made in the name of our freedoms, come check out our historical re-enactment groups for must-see exhibitions and history.

The Dogs of War Vietnam Living History Group will once again set up camp at the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza.

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.

“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.

HUNTING & FISHING FLEA MARKET

Saturday, Aug. 27

This is bulging at its seams!

If, indeed, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, bring along a few extra bucks to get in on a rich array of used and “experienced” outdoor gear of all sorts in the Outdoorsmen’s Flea Market, to be held Saturday. Last year’s sale of hunting, fishing, camping, trapping, scouting, and military related items sold like crazy. Our list of flea market venders is growing daily. Registration cost is $20 per section. Check the show website at www.lvhfe.com to register.

7th annual LVHFE TOP DOG CHALLENGE BIRD DOG COMPETITION

Sponsored by LVHFE, Pheasant Valley Farms of Berks County, and Cabela’s

9 a.m. Sunday

Register early. The event usually fills up before Sunday morning.

Pointers, flushers and retrievers all compete in the same timed event to see how you’re your dog can find the pheasant. Trophies will be awarded at the event’s conclusion, and the top three placers will win gift cards from Cabela’s. Winning dog will be photographed and included on our website on in the winner’s press release.

BIRD DOG TRAINING SEMINARS

11 a.m., 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday

Mark F. Wolfskill, the owner of Pheasant Valley Farm Shooting Preserve, and Karen Shannon, the guide and dog trainer, will conduct bird dog training seminars Saturday and Sunday. These demonstrations are a big hit every year and draw large crowds. Both adults and kids enjoy these demonstrations and learn about hunting dog training. The seminars will focus on basic field obedience and introducing dogs to birds and gunfire. A short field demonstration will follow with live birds.

SMOKEY BEAR

Smokey Bear is coming all weekend, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry, and he’s bringing his buddies from the Hamburg Volunteer Forest Firefighters to teach you how you can prevent wildfires.

SPECIAL DISPLAYS

Joe Eder, a local authority on hunting and fishing collectables, will display part of his extensive collection of vintage sportsman art, posters and magazines, along with hunting, fishing and trapping collectables. He’s like the American Picker for the LVHFE.

A GIRL AND A GUN SHOOTING EVENTS

 A Girl And A Gun will again have a booth promoting the shooting sports.

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is a shooting club established by women shooters for women shooters. AG & AG events are intended to be fun, social gatherings where women can come together for support, encouragement, ask questions in a safe and nonjudgmental environment, improve on their marksmanship, and bond together in the shooting community.

What makes them different? All AG & AG events are supervised by certified Instructors and/or Range Safety Officers. All facilitators are women who can “speak girl” and provide techniques and tips for female shooters. Our goal is to empower, educate, and have fun at the range. AG & AG events have been successful stepping stones for thousands of women. At our events and through articles and information, we provide:

Basics of safe gun handling such as range etiquette, proper grip techniques, stance for accurate shooting, trigger control and follow through, sight-picture and sight-alignment are taught.

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

The third annual Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza Photography Contest sponsored by Cabela’s will be judged Aug. 27 and 28 at the 11th annual outdoors show once again being held  at the Kempton Fairgrounds.

“The photo contest theme this year is ‘What A Wonderful World’,” explained Jeannie Carl, the coordinator for the photography contest. “We’re just trying to inspire photographers to get out there and take a long look at their world. The photos can be a sunrise, a sunset, a child playing in a puddle, a dog, whatever. We just want photographers to get a sense of what’s around them and connect with it.”

The contest features three categories: Wildlife; Macro; and Landscape, and people can be in the landscape to make the shot more interesting.

The deadline for entry is Aug. 19, and entries can be dropped off at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill; Bob’s Taxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield; or Weaknecht’s Archery, 159 Kutz Mill Road, Kutztown.

Photo entry forms are available on the show website at www.lvhfe.com  by clicking on the Photography Contest link on the left side of the screen.

Entry fee is $5 per submission with a limit of three entries per photographer, and the photographs may be sold by the owner following the show. All entries must be ready for hanging, have no sharp edges and not be flimsy. The entry form must be securely affixed to the back of each photo.

The contest will be judged by the public with ballots available at the contest site. Winners will be notified of their prizes at the conclusion of the show, and may pick up or sell their photos after 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, or make arrangements to pick them up at the drop off locations.

Carl said that budding photographers should also attend this year’s LVHFE show with a camera or good photo-capable cell phone and a photographer’s eye. Next year’s contest will be based on photos taken at this year’s LVHFE.

If you have any questions about the contest, contact Jeannie Carl at 570-325-4336.

PENNSYLVANIA OUTDOORS SKILLS COMPETITION

Sponsored by Cabela’s, Hamburg

For men and women

Pick up a scorecard at our information booth inside the main hall to compete in the Pennsylvania Outdoors Skills Competition sponsored by Cabela’s.

This year, the Extravaganza will be featuring the Adult competition sponsored by Cabela’s Hamburg Store with plenty of prizes. Ron Leh, Events Coordinator for Cabela’s has been working with our staff putting together all the details. This competition is for men and women ages 16 and older. It will include mostly outdoor skills of marksmanship, and is not going to be physically challenging. This is the perfect competition for those want to learn, from the novice up to the well-seasoned senior. You can bring your own shotgun, bow or fishing rod, but all equipment needed will be supplied at each station as well.

Competition stations are marked with banners. Hand the scorecard to the station manager at the start of each station, and get it back after the manager records your score. After completing all the stations drop the scorecard off back at the information booth.

STATION No. 1

DCNR Forestry Division

“Tree ID and Forestry Knowledge”.

STATION No. 2

Delaware River Shad Fishing Association

Fishermen’s Casting Challenge

STATION No. 3

Located in our Novelty Archery Shooting Area

Top Shot Archery Shooting Challenge

STATION No. 4

Lehigh Valley Ducks Unlimited

Waterfowl ID Challenge THIS IS GOING TO  CHANGE

STATION No. 5

All other stations must be completed before Station No. 5

Top Shot Clay Bird Shoot

Located in the back field [Grubbies Mobile Bird Launcher]

2015 SCOUT CHALLENGE

For BOYS SCOUTS AND GIRL SCOUTS

Saturday and Sunday

All Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform top can enter the show with no admission charge.

Certain to be a big draw for scouts is the 2016 Scout Challenge, a 10-station competition scattered across the fairgrounds to test youngsters’ talents in BB-gun marksmanship, tomahawk throwing, casting accuracy, knot tying and other events. Courtesy of the show directors, cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 respectively will go to the first, second and third place finishers in the Scout Challenge. The 2015 event drew boy and girl scouts from three states and 23 troops.

JUNIOR MR. LEHIGH VALLEY OUTDOORSMEN COMPETITON

Aside from all the great hands-on stations that our clubs are operating for all kids and scouts. We will be hand picking four (4) stations that all children can participate in. This Event is open to all boys & girls ages 16 and under. Scores will be tallied up after the show. Winners will be announced via. Press release and Prize packs will be mailed to the top 3 scores.

With Air guns and Range, provided by Daisy BB Guns and Cabela’s Hamburg, the Lehigh County Fish & Game Protective Association along with Lehigh Valley Girl and a Gun group will coordinate and instruct kids under age 16 in this fun event. And don’t miss the Turkey Hunt Challenge under the direction of the two local turkey federation chapters listed previously. Kids will shoot Nerf® bows at turkey decoys set up at several distances. Then there’s the Shad Fishermen’s Casting Challenge and the united bow hunters of PA Junior Bowmen’s Challenge. Score sheets covering most contests and activities will be given to youngsters at the information booth in the main hall.

WIN STUFF!

Door Prizes are waiting for you!

A Hunting & Fishing Show where it pays to pays to attend!

Imagine getting paid to attend a hunting and fishing show!  The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza will be giving away prizes for the first 400 Paying Adults, and all attendees can enter to win a Prime Archery Compound Bow.  All youth can enter to win Remington 870 shotgun.

The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza also includes free youth events, free youth competitions, 50 Target 3D archery shoot, 50 target sporting clay course, outdoor sports vendors, and much more.

For more information on the Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza, the prize/give-away details, and the events, check out www.LVHFE.com.

REMINGTON 870 YOUTH SHOTGUN

East Penn Re-Builders, Inc. of Allentown, owned by Ed Razzis, is once again offering  a Remington 870 Youth shotgun in a free drawing with the winner selected at the end of the show. The gun must be picked up within two weeks after the show by a parental guardian.

Stop by our information booth with your child inside the Main Hall to register to win.

CHINCOTEAGUE DUCK HUNT

Randy Birch, the legendary waterman and hunter from the Chincoteague Island area in Virginia is donating a one-day duck hunt in Chincoteague. Customers rave about his hunts, and you have the chance to win one at this drawing. Even if you don’t win, you can set up a hunt of your own by calling him at 757-336-6181.

LEARN ABOUT FORESTS FROM THE PROS

Just because it’s green doesn’t mean it’s good.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry will once again be present at the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza providing information and materials to interested attendees. Bureau of Forestry staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss Penn’s Woods. Topics of discussion can be anything tree related, but often include: forest pests, status of the timber market, improving your forest for wildlife, forest fire prevention, urban forestry, private forest landowner assistance programs, and much more.

Once again, the Bureau of Forestry will also be hosting a station for the Scout Outdoors Challenge as well as the Mr./Miss Lehigh Valley Outdoorsman Challenge. The theme of their station and quiz will be, “Tree ID and Forestry Knowledge”.

SAW MILLING DEMONSTRATIONS

GC LUMBER

Greg Christman of Orefield will be bringing his Saw Mill out to the show all weekend He will be demonstrating how and making select cuts of different hardwoods. His services include Portable Sawmill service on his site or yours, firewood, slab wood, rough cut lumber, buying standing lumber, hardwood flooring, selective timber cutting, custom-sawed wood and more.  He will have select cuts for sale during the show. And any unsold lumber will be auctioned off at the auction Sunday afternoon.

50-TARGET SPORTING CLAYS SHOOT

The shooting agenda is on target with this 10-station, 50-target Sporting Clays Shoot. Clay birds will simulate everything from fast-moving “rabbits” or high-flying “ducks” and other birds and animals in between. Choose from 25-bird and 50-bird target stations. Shoot director Don Hoffman says to ring your own shotgun, or borrow a 12-, 20-, 28- or .410 gauge shotgun supplied by Oley Valley Fish & Game. A nominal fee will be charged.

FREE KIDS FISHING AREA

This is annually one of the biggest stars at the show.

This part of the event is so much fun every year. Thousands of kids have caught their first fish at our show, and seeing them so excited means we are adding new anglers to our fishing ranks every year.

We have some great adult mentors to help the kids at this area, and we equip them with nothing more than some good old fashioned cane poles with a hook, line and sinker. Our mentors have as much fun and excitement as the kids. The Fish for the Kids fishing area is sponsored by our friends at Rothrock Motors, The Storage Centers owned by RAB Management Group, and Limestone Springs Trout Nursery. Please visit these great sponsors listed on our website.

GRUBBYS MOBIL CLAY BIRD THROWER

William “Grub” Madea has a passion for teaching youth marksmanship with a shotgun, and this year again he requested an opportunity to teach youngsters that are accompanied by a parent to do just that. He does an outstanding job teaching firearms safety and respect first and foremost. He has introduced many young marksmen to the future of the sport and hobby of shooting clay birds. We would also like to thank Cabela’s for supporting his efforts by supplying him with all the ammo and clay birds.

END OF SHOW AUCTION

5 p.m. Sunday

This end of show auction is not to be missed. It is orchestrated by our friends and sponsor from Zettlemoyer Auction Co. of Fogelsville.

This is a chance to bid on the used 3-D targets used at Weaknecht’s Bow Fair. They were new when the show started, and this is your chance to get top quality 3-D deer, coyote, bear and even squirrel targets at a fraction of the cost.

Also up for bid are custom-milled lumber and chainsaw art, along with other sporting-related items from the show.

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE

This is by no means a complete list of events and displays.

We are working with many other clubs and organizations to plan their involvement.

Stay up to date with show activities keep by visiting our website at  www.lvhfe.com

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

Show updates are available on our Facebook page. Like us at www.facebook.com/LehighValleyHuntingAndFishingExtravaganza/ to follow  the fun!

SHOW HOURS AND ADMISSION

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. Parking is always free!

To honor our service men and women, LVHFE co-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.

CONTACT

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.

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.

 

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