Sportsman’s Show this weekend

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AUGUSTA – The 30th-annual State of Maine Sportsman’s Show, the largest sportsman’s event in the state, is scheduled for April 2 to 4 at Augusta Civic Center.

“This year, our audiences will have entertaining choices, ranging from extraordinarily skilled, well-known personalities to excellent exhibits,” said Harry Vanderweide, the show’s co-director. “Of special interest will be a 35-foot-long diorama of two bull locked in company that was created by L.L. Bean and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.”

This year’s three-day show gives the audience an option of over 100 seminars and stage events, 130 booths in the auditorium and myriad exhibits in rooms around the main floor, the most attractions ever.

The Maine Sportsman magazine and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine host the weekend extravaganza, attracting show goers from across the Northeast, the Maritime provinces and beyond. Through the years, visitors from Central America to British Columbia have come to Augusta to participate in or see the show. For three decades, the show has also brought together a who’s-who of Maine’s outdoors men and women, and that trend continues in 2010.

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Vanderweide added that the show has multiple new attractions for young and old alike. Many offerings can entertain three generations of sports folks from the granddad to father to son all at once. Many of the old, favorites return, too – the best of both worlds.

Times for the show are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission at the door is $7 for adults (13 and up); children 5 to 12 are $4 every day; and children 4 years and under are admitted free.

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