A chance to advance to the statewide Casting Kids Championship and win cash and prizes will be at stake when the Capital City Bassmasters conducts its 16th annual Casting Kids Event, Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg.

Competition will be held for age groups 7-10, 11-13 and 14-17 in the seminar area located off of the Main Exhibition Hall next to the Chevrolet truck display. This year's event is sponsored by the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, and the age groups have been modified to allow more youth to participate.

Casting Kids is designed to help teach children the fundamentals casting techniques of casting, pitching and flipping. It was modeled after the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick program and has proven to be a great way to get children interested in fishing.

Two Casting Kids sessions will be held, with the first beginning at 10 a.m. and is followed at noon by the eighth annual "Celebrity Cast-off Competition" between media and sports personalities, who will compete for a $1,000 donation to the charity of the winner's choice. At 2 p.m., the second Casting Kids session will be held, and every competitor in the morning and afternoon session will receive a prize package donated by vendors at the show.

For information on the Casting Kids event, call Capital City Bassmaster vice president and public relation director Bob Herman at 717-938-8752 or e-mail him at unclebuck875@frontier.com [1].

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Hunting guide Ray Petro and fishing guide Glenn Quick are today's guest on "Experience the Outdoors" with Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on Oldies 1410-AM, from 7:30-8 a.m., and Sunday, on Magic, WMGH, 105.5-FM, from 9:30-10 a.m. Rebroadcasts are on the Web at www.wmgh.com [2] by clicking on the "Experience The Outdoors" link.

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An indoor.22-caliber block shoot will be held Sunday, beginning at noon, by American Hose Company, No. 1, Pine and Mauch Chunk Sts. For information, call Dave Pucklavage at 570-668-2475 or e-mail hosinews@ptd.net [3].

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Wild pheasant-flushing surveys in the Susquehanna Valley will be conducted Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., by Pheasants Forever and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and volunteers, with or without dogs, are needed for the project. Volunteers will meet at the Great Value Food Store, Route 54, Turbotville, at 1 p.m.

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A coyote hunting seminar will be held, Saturday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m., at Port Clinton Fish and Game, 16 Clinton St., Port Clinton. This year's annual coyote hunt by the club will be held, Tuesday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 28. For information and registration on both events, call the club at 610-562-4310 or e-mail portclintonfg@wmconnect.com [4] mailto:portclintonfg@wmconnect.com [4] .

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Here is the schedule of upcoming sports and outdoors shows:

Early Bird Sports Expo: Today and Sunday, Bloomsburg Fair Ground, Bloomsburg. Show hours: Today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call the show office at 570-594-0250 or access the Web site at www.earlybirdexpo.com [5].

Lancaster Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Antique Gun Show: Today and Sunday, Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, off Route 72, Manheim Pike, Lancaster. Show hours: Today, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call Jim Kleppinger at 717-293-1802.

Leesport Sportsman's Show and Flea Market: Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Leesport Farmers Market. For information, call Ralph Reber at 610-944-9376.

Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show: Saturday, Feb. 6-Sunday, Feb. 14, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Show hours: Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday-Saturday, Feb. 8-13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, access the show Web site at www.easternsportshow.com [6].

Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sport Show: Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 25-28, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. Show hours: Thursday and Friday, 12:30-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 610-431-4315 or access on the Web at www.sportshows.com [7].

"Wildlife Art Expo," Saturday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Environmental Education Center, Montour Preserve, Washingtonville. For information, call Jon Beam at 570-437-3131.