Reindeer Featured at Sportsmen Show

Live Reindeer, a trout pond for kids to catch rainbow trout, and plenty for the adults at the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show.

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Sportsmen Show at TTC Friday-Sunday

WENATCHEE, WA – It’s become an annual tradition during the winter at the Town Toyota Center…the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show.

It’s the 5th Annual Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show.  The doors opened at Noon Friday with quite a lineup of people wanting to get in.  We asked the first person through the door why he was so eager to be there first and he said, “I just want to get in out of the cold!”

With chilly temperatures and snow in the forecast this weekend, the Town Toyota Center is the place to be for the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show.  There are displays both outside and inside the building.  Anyone with any interests in outdoor pursuits should be able to find something to their liking this weekend.  Whether it’s hunting or fishing or if you want to take a guide service somewhere around the Pacific Northwest, or the world, you’ll be able to chat about it during the Sportsmen Show.

Kids Can Catch Trout at Lunker Lake Fish Pond

There’s something for every age at the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, including Lunker Lake, a fishing pond for kids.  We ran into 6-year old Kasen Larson, who just caught his first fish.  “I caught it three times.  But it bit the thing off (hook).  So we had to put it back on.  And I caught it again, the third time!”  Larson said he actually caught two fish today and donated them to go to the hungry.  Lunker Lake is manned by volunteers from the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen’s Association, who will help kids land a fish, whether its their first like Kasen, or their 20th.  Kids who catch fish do have the option of taking them home for dinner.

See Live Reindeer and Learn More About Them

Sure to attract a lot of attention at this year’s show are the Reindeer Express.  Ed Benhardt is the handler of the reindeer out of a farm near Spokane.  “We’ve got four reindeer here.  A gelding, a 10-month old baby, and then two, adult females.  On Sunday, there will be petting so the kids can come pet them.  And we didn’t set an age on that, so if you’re a kid at 60-years old, you can pet them too.”  Benhardt says Reindeer are different than most deer species.  “Reindeer and Caribou are the only members of the deer family where both sexes (male and female) have antlers.  They all shed their antlers each year.  And, of course, Reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh.”

The Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show runs until 7:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.  Cost is $9 for adults and $6 for kids aged 6-to-12.  5-and-under are free with an adult.