Jim Morris
Jim Morris

Jim Morris has worked for newspapers, radio, television and various Websites for more than 47 years. He has been a writer, an editor, an editorial writer and a columnist. For 23 years, Morris worked for the Troy Daily News as sports editor, managing editor and executive editor. In 1994 he began working at the Dayton Daily News as an outdoor sports columnist and night sports desk editor. He retired from the DDN in January of 2010 and is now a freelance writer with his own Website for outdoors stories.

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Although it took a long time for old man winter to make his return, the shows must go on … the outdoor shows held indoors, that is.

As usual, there is an array of outdoor shows around this area in 2016 that bring just about any outdoor activity to center stage – boating, RVing, fishing, archery, hunting, hiking, climbing … you name it and it will be represented at one or many of the region’s legion of outdoor expos.
For the southwest part of the state there are several shows in January, including the annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show at Duke Energy Center.

“We have sold every inch of our space,” said Vicki Hart, show manager, who pointed out they had 40-square-foot kayak pool added last  year and have expanded the use of it this year.

“We kind of kept it quiet last year because we wanted to make sure we knew what we were doing with it,” she said. “It will be used for demonstrations and for people to try out kayaks and other paddle craft.”

Cincinnati’s Joe Thomas will be the show’s headline speaker. And this year he will have some hunting seminars to go along with his bass fishing schedule. Dave Mull will discuss kayak fishing techniques and Dan Armitage will put on his kids fishing seminars.

Rob Lynch, who promotes mostly RV shows around the Midwest and South, has two Dayton shows this year, both at the Airport Expo Center. In January, he has the Cincinnati-Dayton RV Super Show that includes six dealers, In March, he’ll promote the first Dayton All-American Outdoor Expo.
He points out the March show is much more than a boat show, with all sorts of outdoor exhibits, including cooking demonstrations, a kayak pool, fish tank and an array of speakers.

“Right now we are concentrating on our RV shows,” Lynch said, adding, “but when January is over we will be going full bore on the Outdoor Expo. “We have already sold quite a bit of space, but there is more to go. So far it has been going well, a lot more like pre-recession business.”

Following is a list if shows scheduled within easy driving distance from Dayton during the first quarter of the year.

2016 Outdoors/Boat Shows
January
14-18: Cincinnati-Dayton RV Super Show at Dayton Airport Expo Center (daytonrvshow.com).
14-18: Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show at McCormick Place South  (chicagoboatshow.com).
14-18: Mid-America Boat Show at IX Center, Cleveland (clevelandboatshow.com).
15-17: Cleveland Outdoor Adventure Show at IX Center (eriepromotions.com).
15-17 & 20-24: Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show at Duke Energy Center (cincinnatiboatshow.com).
15-17 & 22-24: Pittsburgh Boat Show at Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, Penn. (pittsburghboatshow.com).
15-17: West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show at Civic Center, Charleston, WV. (wvtrophyhunters.com).
20-24: Chicago Outdoor Sports Show at Rosemont Convention Center (chicagosportsmenshow.com).
21-23: Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show at Buckeye Events Center, Dalton, Ohio (ohiosportsmanshow.com).
22-24: Great Vacations Travel Expo at Greater Columbus Convention Center (aagreatvacations.com).
22-24: Ohio Musky Show at Makoy Center in Hilliard. (ohiomuskyshow.com).
22-24: The Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show at Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (outdoorsportslakecabinshow.com).
28-31: Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo at Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill. (sportshows.com/Chicago).

February
6: Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show at Buckeye Oasis Conference Center, Loveland (buckeyeflyfishers.com).
11-14: Fort Wayne Boat Show & Sale at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (fortwayneboatshow.com).
12-14: Columbus RV Super Show at Greater Columbus Convention  Center (columbusrvshow.com)
12-14: Columbus Fishing Expo at Ohio Expo Center, state fairgrounds (columbusfishingexpo.com).
13-21: Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center (detroitboatshow.net).
19-28: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show at State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis (indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com).
21: Musky Road Rules Seminar at Wilmington American Legion (muskyroadrules.com).
22-28: Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo at State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis (indianadeerandturkeyexpo.com).
25-28: OutdoorRama, Novi, MI (showspan.com/OUT).
27-28: Dixie Marine Open House, Fairfield (dixiemarine.com).

March
4-6: Dayton All-American Outdoor Expo at Airport Expo Center (allamericanoutdoorexpo.com).
4-6: Indian Lake Boat Show at 3 local dealers (indianlakeboatshow.com).
5-6: West Virginia Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Sports Show at Mylan Park, Morgantown (wvoutdoorsportsshow.com).
11-13: Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo at Ohio Expo Center, state fairgrounds, Columbus (deerinfo.com/ohio).

Although it took a long time for old man winter to make his return, the shows must go on … the outdoor shows held indoors, that is.

As usual, there is an array of outdoor shows around this area in 2016 that bring just about any outdoor activity to center stage – boating, RVing, fishing, archery, hunting, hiking, climbing … you name it and it will be represented at one or many of the region’s legion of outdoor expos.
For the southwest part of the state there are several shows in January, including the annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show at Duke Energy Center.

“We have sold every inch of our space,” said Vicki Hart, show manager, who pointed out they had 40-square-foot kayak pool added last  year and have expanded the use of it this year.

“We kind of kept it quiet last year because we wanted to make sure we knew what we were doing with it,” she said. “It will be used for demonstrations and for people to try out kayaks and other paddle craft.”

Cincinnati’s Joe Thomas will be the show’s headline speaker. And this year he will have some hunting seminars to go along with his bass fishing schedule. Dave Mull will discuss kayak fishing techniques and Dan Armitage will put on his kids fishing seminars.

Rob Lynch, who promotes mostly RV shows around the Midwest and South, has two Dayton shows this year, both at the Airport Expo Center. In January, he has the Cincinnati-Dayton RV Super Show that includes six dealers, In March, he’ll promote the first Dayton All-American Outdoor Expo.
He points out the March show is much more than a boat show, with all sorts of outdoor exhibits, including cooking demonstrations, a kayak pool, fish tank and an array of speakers.

“Right now we are concentrating on our RV shows,” Lynch said, adding, “but when January is over we will be going full bore on the Outdoor Expo. “We have already sold quite a bit of space, but there is more to go. So far it has been going well, a lot more like pre-recession business.”

Following is a list if shows scheduled within easy driving distance from Dayton during the first quarter of the year.

2016 Outdoors/Boat Shows
January
14-18: Cincinnati-Dayton RV Super Show at Dayton Airport Expo Center (daytonrvshow.com).
14-18: Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show at McCormick Place South  (chicagoboatshow.com).
14-18: Mid-America Boat Show at IX Center, Cleveland (clevelandboatshow.com).
15-17: Cleveland Outdoor Adventure Show at IX Center (eriepromotions.com).
15-17 & 20-24: Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show at Duke Energy Center (cincinnatiboatshow.com).
15-17 & 22-24: Pittsburgh Boat Show at Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, Penn. (pittsburghboatshow.com).
15-17: West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show at Civic Center, Charleston, WV. (wvtrophyhunters.com).
20-24: Chicago Outdoor Sports Show at Rosemont Convention Center (chicagosportsmenshow.com).
21-23: Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show at Buckeye Events Center, Dalton, Ohio (ohiosportsmanshow.com).
22-24: Great Vacations Travel Expo at Greater Columbus Convention Center (aagreatvacations.com).
22-24: Ohio Musky Show at Makoy Center in Hilliard. (ohiomuskyshow.com).
22-24: The Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show at Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (outdoorsportslakecabinshow.com).
28-31: Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo at Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill. (sportshows.com/Chicago).

February
6: Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show at Buckeye Oasis Conference Center, Loveland (buckeyeflyfishers.com).
11-14: Fort Wayne Boat Show & Sale at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (fortwayneboatshow.com).
12-14: Columbus RV Super Show at Greater Columbus Convention  Center (columbusrvshow.com)
12-14: Columbus Fishing Expo at Ohio Expo Center, state fairgrounds (columbusfishingexpo.com).
13-21: Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center (detroitboatshow.net).
19-28: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show at State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis (indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com).
21: Musky Road Rules Seminar at Wilmington American Legion (muskyroadrules.com).
22-28: Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo at State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis (indianadeerandturkeyexpo.com).
25-28: OutdoorRama, Novi, MI (showspan.com/OUT).
27-28: Dixie Marine Open House, Fairfield (dixiemarine.com).

March
4-6: Dayton All-American Outdoor Expo at Airport Expo Center (allamericanoutdoorexpo.com).
4-6: Indian Lake Boat Show at 3 local dealers (indianlakeboatshow.com).
5-6: West Virginia Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Sports Show at Mylan Park, Morgantown (wvoutdoorsportsshow.com).
11-13: Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo at Ohio Expo Center, state fairgrounds, Columbus (deerinfo.com/ohio).

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