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February 16-19, 2023

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Show Features

Every year we bring unique features, entertainment and education to our shows as an added value to you! Check out the lineup below and click the links for more details on each!

Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

The World-Famous Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel returns to Duluth in 2023! Appearing daily at the show, Twiggy will entertain and educate while mystifying adults and children alike with her amazingly unique talent!

You have to see it in person to believe it! Watch as Twiggy gets up on her custom water skis and speeds around her pool in front of delighted-children and astonished-faces!

On top of the wow factor entertainment, Twiggy will help educate showgoers on the importance of life jackets and boating safety! So come, be entertained and help your children learn a life-lesson from the best water safety teacher around!

Presentation times

Thursday TBD
Friday
TBD
Saturday TBD
Sunday TBD

Freedom in a Can

The road beckoned and they answered. Freedom in a Can is the story of Shari & Hutch, two 40-somethings who left their full-time jobs for a mid-lifeventure in their restored, vintage travel trailer. Shari & Hutch will be doing presentations on “Tips & Tricks for Exploring America’s National Parks” and “Gourmet Camp Cooking & Baking.”

Tips & Tricks for Exploring America’s National Parks

Do you dream of exploring America’s national parks with your RV?  Shari & Hutch have been lucky enough to visit nearly all of them while living and traveling full-time in their tiny home on wheels over the past 9.5 years.  They’ll share tips, tricks, and resources for getting the most out of your visit to the parks, accompanied with their stunning images.  Topics include: when to go, how to choose which parks to visit, what to do, where to camp, what to bring, how long to stay, and even how to volunteer. You’ll be ready to hit the road when spring arrives – maybe sooner!

Gourmet Camp Cooking & Baking

Love cooking, roasting, and baking at home? So do they, wherever they are! As experienced road warriors, travelling foodies, and outdoor cooking enthusiasts, Shari & Hutch love to challenge themselves by preparing delicious gourmet meals using the simplest of methods and quality foods. In this seminar, they will share their tips and recipes developed over 9.5 years of living on the road in their tiny trailer. Whether cooking over an open fire or two-burner stove, these methods and recipes are sure to make you a happy camper!

Presentation times

Tips & Tricks for Exploring America’s National Parks

Thursday 6:30 pm
Friday
2 pm | 7 pm
Saturday 11:30 am | 4 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm

Gourmet Camp Cooking & Baking

Friday 11:30 am | 4 pm
Saturday 2 pm | 7 pm
Sunday 2 pm

Lowrance Marine Electronics University

Back by popular demand is the Lowrance Marine Electronics University!

The interactive classroom format, led by Lowrance experts, will cover all the basics & more! Whether you are a novice or expert, you’ll be sure to learn something new to help you get the most out of your Lowrance Electronics!

Class size is limited, so reserve your spot today at Marine General and take advantage of hands-on workshops led by a Lowrance expert!

Presentation times

Friday 12 pm | 3 pm
Saturday 12 pm | 3 pm
Sunday 11 am

Fishing Tips from the Pros

Below, you will find bios and seminar topics and presentation schedules for our Fishing Pros!

Captain Jarrid Houston

Seminar Descriptions

“Tactical Walleye Fishing” – Tactical approaches to be a more successful Walleye Angler. Understanding fish tendencies is often overlooked. In this course, we will study all things summer angling for these often-elusive fish. We will leave no secrets on the table.

Presentation Times

  • Friday – 2:15 pm
  • Saturday – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday – 11:00 am

“Fish Rigging for Success” – The ins and outs of setting up game plans for successful fishing on all bodies of waters and for all types of fish. We will dive into relative courses of actions when it comes to rigging, to make you a better angler. Having the right tools for the job is always important, especially when it comes to fishing adventures.

Presentation Times

  • Thursday – 7 pm
  • Friday – 5:30 pm
  • Saturday – 12:30 pm
Bio

Capt. Jarrid Houston is USCG, First Aid/CPR Certified and knows the ins and outs of handling the Great Lakes Duluth/Superior and the many surrounding waters.  Jarrid has a proven track record of successful outings through hard work and time on the water.  Growing up in the St. Croix River Valley region of Stillwater, MN and Osceola, WI, Jarrid has a love and respect for river fishing.  The St. Louis River is Jarrid’s strong suit.  As well as summer Walleye fishing and ice fishing on Lake Superior.

Mike Gate

Seminar Description

Lake of the Woods – Multi/Species & Multi Adventure – This seminar focuses on  the species of fish to be caught (tips and techniques) and also include the non-fishing adventures of the lake.

Presentation Times

  • Thursday – 4:30 pm
  • Friday – 3:30 pm & 7;30 pm
  • Saturday – 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm
  • Sunday – 1:30 pm
Bio

Mike Gate grew up on the shores of Lake of the Woods where he carried on his family tradition and began guiding at the age of 13. Gate began floatplane flying in Nestor Falls, Ontario in 1994 and continued guiding on days off and evenings. In 2012, Mike and his wife Erin purchased Sunset Cove Resort where he still guides year-round.

Gate is also a passionate archery and rifle hunter who primarily targets whitetail deer and moose in his home region. Mike also enjoys traveling been fortunate enough to target a number of species throughout Wisconsin, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Argentina, and South Africa.

Captain Lee Haasch

Seminar Descriptions

Lake Michigan’s Trophy Salmon & Trout – and- Tips for Catching Kings in Clear Wate

Presentation Times

  • Thursday – 5:30 pm
  • Friday – 12:00 pm & 4;30 pm
  • Saturday – 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Sunday – 12:00 pm
Bio

Capt. Lee has over 35 years of professional guiding experience on Lake Michigan targeting Salmon and Trout.  As a professional speaker and outdoor writer for over 30 years, he has helped thousands of anglers with better trolling tips and techniques.  As a member of several local, state, national and international fishery commissions he has helped shape the healthy balance of the Great lakes.  It’s important to make our fishery sustainable for future generations.

Kids Fishing Clinic

Come and attend a one on one fishing clinic with Grant Sorensen host of Superior Angling. Each topic is geared for specific age group. Every angler who attends a session will leave with a ticket that is good for a free round of fishing at the Rainbow Trout Pond and each angler will also be entered into a drawing to win a “fishing box bundle” compliments of Marine General! Each age group will have their own “fishing box bundle” containing a fishing rod, tackle box and a life jacket.

Presentation times

Fishing Basics – For Anglers 6 & under
What you need to catch a fish and fish identification! Each session will last approximately 15 minutes.

Friday 1:30 pm | 5:15 pm
Saturday 11:15 am | 1:30 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm

Catching Fish Year Round – For Anglers 7+

Tips for Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter! Each session will last approximately 20 minutes.

Friday 2:15 pm | 7 pm
Saturday 12 pm | 2:15 pm
Sunday 1:15 pm

Pheasants Forever Youth Village

Pheasants Forever is educating and getting youth involved in the Great Outdoors at the Duluth Sport Show by bringing in their Pheasants Forever Youth Village!

The Youth Village is a free activity and will consist of a Safe Archery unit and an Indoor Sling Shot as well as a BB Gun Range where you can try your luck and also pick up additional information on Firearms Safety.

This is a great way to introduce youth to hunting and conservation, develop conservation-minded citizens and leaders, foster a love for shooting sports and safe handling of firearms while getting kids outdoors learning firsthand about our natural resources.

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. They also provide opportunities for youth and their families to share their outdoor traditions.

Live Trout Pond

It’s Fun, it’s Exciting, it’s Challenging!

The Trout Tank fishing experience has become a family tradition with many fishermen and families over the last 50+ years!

We constantly have people telling us that their kids are experiencing the same excitement that they used to have at the annual Duluth Sport Show!

Drop a line, reel in some fun and create some memories!

FREE Measuring & Scoring of Mounts

Bring in your trophy racks for FREE Measuring and Scoring by Minnesota Official Measurers.

While you are at the booth, ask the professionals what to look for on a rack and the various technicalities involved in evaluating each rack brought in.

Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

Presented by America’s Boating Club, Duluth Squadron

Test your mettle with the Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT), which is the industry’s premier interactive simulation-based boating safety program and powerful instructor tool.

The Boating Skills VT is a USPS training unit funded by grants from the U.S. Coast Guard with advanced water physics developed by Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI).

The BSVT allows students to maneuver a “Boston Whaler” on a lake of 3.5 miles x 4 miles in a virtual mode where there are no other boats, no water and no risks. The helm seat sits next to a regular conference table. Exercises are built in to allow an instructor to direct maneuvers from basic to advanced by adjusting wind and current direction and strength.

Click the image above to preview the simulator!

FREE Face Painting & Balloon Animals

Cherri Merri Muffin

Cherri Merri Muffin is regionally known as the best, freehand, face painter around!

She will be providing free face painting and animal balloons for all kids throughout the day in the Lift Bridge Brewery area.

Whether you choose to participate or watch, it’s sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces!

Eating & Drinking Headquarters

Sponsored by Lift Bridge Brewery & Budweiser

When you’re ready to recharge from all of the show action or just feel a little thirsty… stop by the official eating & drinking headquarters to quench your cravings!