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Many people believe February is the “pale” month in terms of outdoor recreational pursuits. But one special event makes our second month a highlight of the year, thanks to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel show. If you have never visited the show then you are missing out. For 65 years this world class event has showcased everything outdoors and I do mean everything, when it comes to fishing, hunting, boating and traveling. I believe almost everyone has some type of outdoor interest, even if your feet have never crossed anything more than concrete or asphalt. The show can help you find out and maybe spark an interest. Besides entertainment the Indy show is the largest in the nation. It encompasses over 700,000 square feet of fun and also serves an important purpose. It provides Hoosiers with a unique opportunity to speak face-to-face with industry experts, professional anglers and hunters as well as dozens of guides. Then, after speaking with these knowledgeable experts you can actually visit booths selling equipment they have talked about. When it comes to making a decision on a vacation or which new lure to buy, nothing beats personal interaction with the experts. Technology changes at a rapid pace and this trade show can help keep you up to date on the latest advancements. Plus it provides a low cost alternative to learning about almost everything outdoor related. For the cost of admission you are provided the opportunity to visit with hundreds of marina representatives, guides, outfitters and travel experts all under one giant, centralized roof. If you are seeking education many of the nation’s top professional fishermen and hunters will provide informative seminars offering up their tips and techniques to success. On the fishing side, Tackle Town hosts over two acres of everything imaginable. If you are looking for something specific or hard to find my guess is you will find it here. A kids fishing pond will also be available to keep children entertained and interested. When it comes to boats, our vehicles to pure enjoyment, this is the place to see every type of water craft imaginable from off shore yachts, high performance bass and wake boarding boats to canoes and kayaks. You get the opportunity to speak to representatives from many marinas saving the costly time of driving to different locations. The show will display seven acres of boats. Camping is one of the country’s biggest outdoor activities. Whether you are looking for a small tent to a spacious motorhome that you could live in year-round, it will be here as well. The final weekend of the show hosts the “Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo.” If any type of hunting interest flows through your veins this is an event you won’t want to miss. Vendors will offer up nearly every type of the latest in hunting gear and equipment. If planning a dream hunt whether it be moose in Alaska, ducks in Arkansas or whitetail deer in our home state many guides will be on hand to help you plan your next adventure. The Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel show takes place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from February 15-24. Show hours and speaker schedules can be obtained by checking out their website. As one of the show promoters Kevin Renfro says, “The show has entertained, outfitted and informed thousands of people every year.” And this year will be no exception.