By Gary R. Blockus
A Sporting Life.net
KEMPTON — Forget the kid in the candy store.
At the annual Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza, we put the kids in the outdoors and show them how to have wholesome fun, all the while learning proper outdoor skills and how to be respectful citizens.
Bring your children and their friends to the 11th annual Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza Aug. 27-28 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton., Pa.
Here, they’ll have a chance to catch their first fish, draw a bow, safely shoot BB guns and air rifles under expert supervision, learn about forestry and meet Smokey Bear, and so much more.
And, the kids have the chance to win a free Remington 870 Youth Shotgun, courtesy of East Penn Re-Builders, Inc. of Allentown, owned by Ed Razzis.
“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 show co-directors Bob Danenhower, Sr. and Rick Weaknecht. “It’s focused on both kids and adults. It really is a family affair.”
For the more experienced youngsters, and even the novices, the LVHFE features two great competitions that are equally beneficial for honing skills and winning prizes.
All Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform top can enter the show with no admission charge.
Certain to be a big draw them 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.
From all of those great hands-on stations, four will be hand-picked as a competition for all children to participate in the Junior Mr. and Miss Lehigh Valley Outdoorsman Competition.
This event is open to all boys and 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.
The air guns and range are 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 children under age 16 in this fun event.
And don’t miss the Turkey Hunt Challenge! Kids will shoot Nerf® bows at turkey decoys set up at several distances.
There is also 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.
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.
There is also a free drawing for a Remington 870 Youth Shotgun, sponsored by East Penn Re-Builders. The drawing will take place at the end of the show, and the gun must be picked up within two weeks after the show by a parental guardian. Stop by the information booth inside the Main Hall with your child to register to win.
FREE KIDS FISHING AREA
This is annually one of the biggest stars of 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 new anglers added to the fishing ranks every year.
Expert adult mentors help the kids at this area, and teach them to fish with nothing more than some good old fashioned cane poles with a hook, line and sinker. The Fish for the Kids fishing area is sponsored by Rothrock Motors, The Storage Centers owned by RAB Management Group, and Limestone Springs Trout Nursery.
Stay up to date with show activities keep by visiting our website at www.lvhfe.com
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SHOW HOURS AND ADMISSIONThe 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.
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.