Sportsman Show is back

Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Fancy » Apr 8th, 2018, 7:30 pm

Queen K wrote:https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/222433/Sportsman-show-is-back

I'll bet the draws alone would be worth attending for!

Nah - not really.
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Fancy » Apr 8th, 2018, 7:36 pm

gsc wrote:We had a great time at the show this year. We had a boot there this year and got to meet so many awesome people. We also got a tun of goodies. I can't speak for all but we had a blast.

No goodies to speak of and a pretty sad turnout. I don't know of anyone that would go again. There wasn't anything to purchase nothing to learn and certainly not a good showing for the Okanagan.
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby gsc » Apr 8th, 2018, 8:59 pm

Queen K wrote::130: It was great seeing you two again.

I know I had fun seeing all the booths. I even got to try Buffalo on skewers. YYummmmmy.


It was awesome seeing you as well :). We chatted with well over 300 people it felt like haha.

Did you get any of the keychains we where handing out? We where also handing out pens, stickers, off road dry bags for atv and quaders paper work, along with a few other things.

We also got to hang out with a few of our local conservation guys as well.
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby WalterWhite » Apr 8th, 2018, 9:10 pm

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Queen K wrote::130: It was great seeing you two again.

I know I had fun seeing all the booths. I even got to try Buffalo on skewers. YYummmmmy.


It was awesome seeing you as well :). We chatted with well over 300 people it felt like haha.

Did you get any of the keychains we where handing out? We where also handing out pens, stickers, off road dry bags for atv and quaders paper work, along with a few other things.

We also got to hang out with a few of our local conservation guys as well.


Well, that’s a nice alternative to some of the more “Debbie-Downer” experience being put forward by some.
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Gone_Fishin » Apr 8th, 2018, 9:13 pm

Fancy wrote:No goodies to speak of and a pretty sad turnout. I don't know of anyone that would go again. There wasn't anything to purchase nothing to learn and certainly not a good showing for the Okanagan.


That's not true at all. There was lots of stuff for sale and the presentations I saw were packed. Saw lots of old friends and made some new contacts. You spent 10 bucks on power just to post drivel on C-net today - better to support a local show that creates jobs and promotes a healthy lifestyle, doncha think?
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby gsc » Apr 8th, 2018, 9:18 pm

I feel bad that people dident have a good time. We had a blast and got to meet so many amazing people we ran the okanagan forest task force and ABC recycling booth. I saw lots of items for sale as well and things to see but I guess it's what ever your looking for or into.

Our booth had a tun of people stop at it and ask us questions along with hearing there feedback on what we are doing for our community was great. I would do it again in a heart beat not to mention most of the weekend we had crappy weather so why not be inside.

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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Ptolemy Soter » Apr 8th, 2018, 9:24 pm

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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Queen K » Apr 8th, 2018, 11:46 pm

I would say that "interested" goes a long way towards "happy" so maybe some were of a different mind that day?


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Fancy wrote:No goodies to speak of and a pretty sad turnout. I don't know of anyone that would go again. There wasn't anything to purchase nothing to learn and certainly not a good showing for the Okanagan.


That's not true at all. There was lots of stuff for sale and the presentations I saw were packed. Saw lots of old friends and made some new contacts. You spent 10 bucks on power just to post drivel on C-net today - better to support a local show that creates jobs and promotes a healthy lifestyle, doncha think?


I was just going to write the same damned thing as you. :135:

I saw a coyote skin being prepared and the guy was answering question after question, including mine: "where are the main purchasers of coyote skins located." He explained a lot about the fur trade and said that the Chinese and Russians were the main purchasers from the fur auction houses.

The cooking demo was interesting because she was talking about how the Swedes hunt with dogs as she was preparing buffalo and salads. Glad I was able to sit there for a bit.

I could have bought the coolest boat and motor for a mere $4600, and I almost did, the presenter was so engaging. I did up grade my backroads mapbooks and had a wonderful convo with the booth's owners. Saw a demo on their gps product on a garmin. I even got some info on resorts in the Bridge Lake area, just might end up spending more time up there.

Nevermind all the t-shirts, food products and gewgaws. Damn, I never snagged one pen. Some of the tables were so packed the first day I was there I was glad I bought a weekend pass! Which meant I was able to pop in on breaks and catch some things otherwise missed. :up:

Even the drone racing was fun to watch. Who knew you could build your own drones and download software for them? :D

Fancy, are you sure you went in with an openmind? :135: Or was the Saturday rain and gloom getting you down?
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Queen K » Apr 8th, 2018, 11:56 pm

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Queen K wrote:https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/222433/Sportsman-show-is-back

I'll bet the draws alone would be worth attending for!

Nah - not really.


Then you didn't enter any? I did. No calls though, "next year :up: "
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Queen K » Apr 9th, 2018, 5:16 am

I don't get shy easy but when I got to the Joe Rich Rifle Club or is that Shooting Club? I was going to look at the display and one young man shot forward and asked if I was interested in joining I spooked, grabbed a pamphlet and said, "asking for a friend."

NormaM, you're going to be great shooting guns up there!

And Fancy, there was a draw for a gun, so I asked, "what if the winner doens't have their PAL?" so there was one I didn't enter. You had a better chance!

I didn't see a booth from the local Fish and Game Club, were they there? :135:

I was surprised not to see the usual booth displaying the noxious weeds to look out for. and I thought the KAT cylce guy could have had demo rides outdoors in the parking lot if the weather had been better. I would have loved trying riding one of those.
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Fancy » Apr 9th, 2018, 5:23 am

Of course I did the draws but there was a lot of empty space and I noticed the absence of more than a few vendors which surprised me. Having been to sportsman shows in bigger centres I suppose I did expect the space rented to be filled. I'll retract my statement there was nothing to purchase or learn though I would have liked to see more accessories for the different sports that were represented. One show had a demonstration on different boat loaders - I didn't see any there.
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Queen K » Apr 9th, 2018, 6:07 am

I will say I was shocked there weren't more local stores represented there. Where was True Outdoors? MEC? and the like?

I'll give you that.

Where were all the demos on life saving skills? Water filtrations straws? And the like? And a demo on the advantages of having a really good first aid kit in the truck?

So okay, there's work to do, but in no way can our little venues here compete with huge ones else where. And with the parking lot at Prospera being turned into a freaking highrise, I don't foresee an improvement any day soon.
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Queen K » Apr 9th, 2018, 6:08 am

But it was still fun!
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Fancy » Apr 9th, 2018, 6:27 am

I thought the venue was a good choice as there was plenty of parking but hopefully next year all the space gets filled. I didn't see anything regarding dogs like they've had in the past nor anything about being bear aware unless I missed it. I meant to enquire about the Peachland Game Banquet but forgot. I didn't notice anything for the kids either - did they have a pond there for them?
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Re: Sportsman Show is back

Postby Queen K » Apr 9th, 2018, 7:47 am

kids could tie flys but space was limited.

And watch the drone races.

Where were they going to put a pond? :135:

I might sign up for the women's outdoor skills program. :up:
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