ShowSpan Announces its 2015 Ultimate Sport Show Schedule

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ShowSpan, Inc., Michigan’s largest producer of consumer shows, today announced 2015 dates for its Ultimate Sport Show tour. The “Big Three” lineup includes two shows in the Detroit market and the state’s longest-running show in Grand Rapids.

We’re looking forward to another great show season. We’ve added some new speakers and features, and boat buyers will have a huge selection of watercrafts to view at each of the shows.

ShowSpan, Inc., Michigan’s largest producer of consumer shows, today announced 2015 dates for its Ultimate Sport Show tour. The “Big Three” lineup includes two shows in the Detroit market and the state’s longest-running show in Grand Rapids.

Ultimate Fishing Show—Detroit at Suburban Collection Showplace – January 8-11, 2015
Outdoorama at Suburban Collection Showplace – February 26-March 1, 2015
Ultimate Sport Show—Grand Rapids at DeVos Place, March 19-22, 2015.

Each year the Ultimate Sport Show tour attracts over 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 looking forward to another great show season. Our exhibit space is nearly filled up with hundreds of vendors returning and lots of interest from new vendors wanting to join the Ultimate Sport Show Tour,” said Show Manager Ben Nielsen. “We’ve added some new speakers and features, and boat buyers will have a huge selection of watercrafts to view at each of the shows.”

Outdoorama patrons will receive complimentary crossover admission to the 8th Annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show - Detroit, which will run concurrently with Outdoorama at the Suburban Collection Showplace in late February.

“We’re adding more and more talent and exhibitors as the season approaches,” said Nielsen, who said that he was excited to see the Michigan Taxidermy Association returning to the Ultimate Sport Show—Grand Rapids, at DeVos Place. “The taxidermy display is amazing! The best taxidermists in the state will have their artwork on display throughout the show for patrons to view and admire.”

Here are suggested listings for each show on the Ultimate Sport Show tour:

Ultimate Fishing Show—Detroit, January 8 to 11 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, features hundreds of the newest fishing boats and more than 200 booths of fishing gear, outfitters, guides and lodges, all right here in America’s largest freshwater fishing market. An all-star lineup of professional anglers who entertain and educate show patrons is an annual highlight of the show and this year’s cast leaves no stone unturned. Led by Michigan’s own bass experts Kevin VanDam and Mark Zona, and recent Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee and walleye professional Mark Martin, more than 75 free seminars are planned for novice to expert anglers. Included in this year’s lineup are the always popular salmon, bass and walleye Ultimate Clinics, along with special appearances on Friday and Saturday by T.J. Ott, from National Geographic’s hit show Wicked Tuna. Special features include 110,000-gallon Lake Ultimate, Hawg Trough demo tank, Ice Fishing Extravaganza, Ice Shanty Truck Load Sale, Shore Lunch Fish Fry, Trout Pond for kids and much 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, no charge for children 5 and under. Information: http://www.UltimateFishingShow.com or 800-328-6550.

42nd Annual Outdoorama, February 26 to March 1 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, is one of Michigan’s most popular shows for hunters, anglers, campers, boaters, hikers, conservationists, canoeists and general outdoors enthusiasts. More than 150 booths of new outdoors-related products including fishing boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks, deck boats and runabouts are in the show. Outfitters from across North America and beyond will be present at Outdoorama’s Outfitter Expo so show patrons can get the early jump on booking a hunting, fishing or adventure trip. Over 50 free hunting and fishing seminars by national experts including recent Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Mark Martin, walleye expert Mark Romanack and habitat specialist Tony LaPratt are scheduled, along with special appearances by Michigan Out-of-Doors TV hosts Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olson. New to the show this year is the Marvelous Mutts Canine Spectacular, this is sure to entertain and amaze show patrons. Crowd favorites such as “Big Buck Night East,” deer processing demos, complimentary scoring by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan and a Trout Pond for kids are among many special features. The show is held in conjunction with the 8th annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show - Detroit, providing patrons with two major shows for one admission. Hours: Thursday, 3 to 9:30; Friday, noon to 9:30; Saturday, 10 to 9; Sunday, 10 to 5. Admission: $10 adults, $4 children 6 to 14, no charge for children 5 and under. Information: http://www.Outdoorama.com or 800-328-6550.

70th Annual Ultimate Sport Show—Grand Rapids, March 19 to 22 at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids, is one of the largest and longest-running outdoor shows in the country. The show covers over four acres of exhibitor space and includes an outstanding display of fishing boats. More than 350 exhibitors will be showcasing fishing tackle, hunting gear, outfitters, lodges, guides, charter fishing and adventure-travel destinations throughout North America and abroad. There will also be more than 100 non-stop fishing and hunting seminars on five stages, including 110,000-gallon Lake Ultimate. Dave Carraro, from National Geographic’s hit show Wicked Tuna will make special appearances on Thursday and Friday. Walleye professionals Mark Martin – who recently was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame – Marianne Huskey and Mark Romanack, along with hunting experts Denny Geurink, Fred Abbas and Greg Abbas highlight the star-studded seminar lineup. Also returning to this year’s show are the popular salmon, walleye, bass and electronic Ultimate Clinics. The Michigan Taxidermists Association will hold its statewide competition at the show so patrons will be able to view hundreds of the state’s best mounts. Special features: “Lumberjacks,” “Big Buck Night West,” the Hawg Trough, the Trout Pond for kids, carvings by the Woodland Woodcarvers, NWTF turkey calling competition 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, no charge for children 5 and under. Information: http://www.UltimateSportShow.com or 800-328-6550.

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