KEMPTON – Even in the outdoors, dogs and kids are a tough combination to beat.
That activities for both have always been included in the events at the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza is one of big reasons the show has been such a popular attractions for families who enjoy the outdoors. This year the seventh annual show will again focus on hands-on activities when it returns to the Kempton Fairgrounds, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 24-26.
It can be argued that LVHFE co-promoters Bob Danenhower and Rick Weaknecht have Pennsylvania's most innovative outdoors show with its focus on contests, seminars, demonstrations, exhibits and other activities for both adults and children. Visitors can spend the day participating in such events as shooting shotguns, muzzleloaders and bows and casting fishing rods, or check out outdoors products.
"This has everything a regular sports show has, from new products, sales of outdoors gear, outfitters, manufacturers with their new products and a lot more – including an outdoor hunting and fishing flea market," Danenhower said. "It's focused on both kids and adults, so it really is a family affair."
This year the LVHF E will be featuring the all-new adult competition sponsored by Cabela's Hamburg store. This competition is those age 16 and older and features such outdoors skills as marksmanship and casting, and participants may use their own shotgun, bow and fishing rod, or use the equipment supplied at each station.
Pheasant Valley Farm Shooting Preserve owner Mark Wolfskill and guide Karen Keen will again be giving bird dog training seminars Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Among the topics will be basic field obedience and introducing dogs to birds and gunfire and includes a demonstration with live birds.
Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m., will be the popular Top Dog Competition for all breeds of bird dogs. There is no entry fee, but the field is limited to 20 entries, and registration can be done Friday and Saturday at the Pheasant Valley Farm booth, and trophies will be awarded to the top three places.
Youngsters age 16 and younger have the opportunity to test their outdoors skills and win prizes by participating in the free Junior Lehigh Valley Outdoorsmen Competition. Youth activities include BB rifle, casting and archery, or youngsters can catch a trout in the free fishing area.
Another popular youth activity is the Scout Challenge for Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, which is an expanded version of the junior outdoors contest. Scout troops will be competing for cash prizes for the top three finishers.
Those who enjoy shotgun sports will be tested by the 10-station, 50- and 25-target sporting clays shoot. Clay birds will simulate various game species from fast-moving "rabbits" or high-flying "ducks" and everything in between.
Bowhunters have the option using modern or traditional bows in the Weaknecht Bow Fair 50-target, 3-D course with woodland, hillside, rolling grass field and raised stations. In addition, both types of bows may used in the various novelty shoots, including the simulation live turkey shoot, and the used 3-D targets will be auctioned at the close of the show.
Any legally taken buck can be entered for scoring by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of Quality Deer Management Association. Members of the chapter will also be again deer jawbones.
This year's LVHFE hours are: Friday, Aug. 24, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug., 25, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, see the website at www.lvhfe.com and for information call show co-directors Bob Danenhower at 610-398-7609 or Rick Weaknecht at 610-683-7405.