Tuesday, January 15, 2013
MN Sportsmen Show Recap
Jane and I had a great time at the sport show in St. Paul. This was our first of the year and I have to say I get the same giddy excitement waiting for the doors to open that I do when I make the first troll of the year on the Kenai. Another reason this show was fun was Mac, who is on break from college, was able to join us for a couple of days. This was his first time seeing the other side of running a cabin rental and fishing guide service.
It was nothing but pleasure to visit with quite a few of our old friends/clients at the show. Peter Medchill, Dave Anderson, Lory Brasel, Rick Zweig, Ed Bauman, Fred Glidden, Myron and Cindy Angel, Don Anderson, Tom, Jacob, and Mitch, Johnson, Steve Collette, April and Duane Schuman. and Pat O'Connell. If you're reading this post and you were at the show and I forgot to mention you, I apologize in advance. That's the problem with lists, inevitable someone is left off of it.
Jane and I were very encouraged that the interest in Alaska continues to be very strong and we look forward to introducing new guests to the Kenai and Beaver Creek Cabins. All in all, this was a good show for new business, and to our surprise, we were even approached about using our facilities for a destination wedding. Jane is still putting together a package for the bride and groom to be. Kind of fun.
I thought I'd share a few photos of the unique items that were being sold at this show. It's been a habit of mine to walk the aisles each morning before the doors open just to see what other vendors are selling. This was a new product line for one vendor. I wonder if they'll give you a can opener if you buy these by the case.
Ah, no explanation needed for this product.
This was at the Brainerd International Raceway booth. Brainerd is a couple of hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul and when they're not hosting a racing event they offer a driving school to the general public. Definitely a booth that stands out at a sport show for outdoorsmen.
A staple at the sport shows is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Wall of Shame. It's a booth of confiscated fish and game.
This angle gives you a little better view.
That's about it for the recap. One sport show down, two more to go. We still have a few free tickets available for the St. Cloud and Duluth shows, so, if you're interested in going, let me know.