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Duluth Outdoor Sports Expo this weekend

The second annual Duluth Outdoor Sports Expo will feature many activities and items which put a sparkle in an outdoor enthusiast's eyes. "We are one of the top five outdoor destinations in the country," said Tracy Lundeen, one of the co-producers...

The second annual Duluth Outdoor Sports Expo will feature many activities and items which put a sparkle in an outdoor enthusiast's eyes.

"We are one of the top five outdoor destinations in the country," said Tracy Lundeen, one of the co-producers of the event. "For many years, we haven't had an event that actually is outside that showcases winter outdoor sports."

The event, which will be held Aug. 3-5 at Spirit Mountain, will also showcase sports for the summer and spring.

"This event doesn't limit itself to fall and winter," said Lundeen. "There will be closeouts on boats, motors and other summer things as well. The real emphasis is on ATVs, snowmobiles and all your deer hunting and bird hunting."

"It's a new event," said Gene Shaw, the director of public relations for VisitDuluth. "It brings in the outside participant."

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Local tourism officials don't know exactly how much of an impact the Duluth Outdoors Sports Expo has yet.

The event will feature items brand new to the market. Companies such as Artic Cat, Yamaha and CanAm by Bombardier will all feature new items. They are bringing their factory trailers to the show. There will be a test track available for those who are licensed to drive ATVs.

"Those factory trailers are direct from the factory," said Lundeen. "Anything that is out or coming out they have. It's not just dealers bringing their inventory up."

They will also have a drawing for a brand new 2007 CanAm Outlander 400, 4X4 ATV. Readers can register to win at Pepsi displays at local Holiday Station Stores.

Luther Family Chevrolet, one of the biggest sponsors of the event, will also have many trucks and SUVs on display.

"We got a potpourri of everything from small mom-and-pop operators locally, all the way to the big manufacturers," Lundeen said.

According to Lundeen, there will be a huge upgrade in exhibitor participation compared with last year.

Close to three-dozen companies, groups and associations will be involved in the event. Some of the groups include the Minnesota Deer Hunter's Association-Northeastern Minnesota Chapter, the Minnesota Official Measurers (MOM) and the Department of Natural Resources TIP (Turn in Poachers).

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The MOM are the official measurers of all hunted animals, such as deer racks and bear heads. They will be giving prizes away for various categories.

The TIP program will have their Wall of Shame, which features a huge display of mounts of animals from people who have been arrested for poaching.

The TIP program awards people for turning in poachers. Up to $1,000 can be rewarded to someone who turns in a poacher.

The expo will also have musical performances from Da Yoopers. They are known for the song "The Second Week of Deer Camp."

There will also be things for kids to do.

"We're going to have some game-orientated video games," Lundeen said.

Seminars and workshops are another part of the expo.

Joe Shead from GoShedHunting.com will speak about how to find white-tailed deer antlers.

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Eric Strub, from Huntingsnows.com, will speak on hunting ducks and geese and North Dakota waterfowl hunting.

With such an outdoor

following in Duluth one would think that this expo would have happened a long time ago.

It didn't.

"Nobody wanted to do it," Shaw said.

"There is a boat and sports show at the DECC every spring. Nobody has ever done a fall one," said Lundeen. "Part of the reason that they've done a fall one, is because of that big sports show at the DECC ... that is the only big sports show they are allowed to have at the DECC.

"We basically came up with the idea to have this fall show at Spirit Mountain where people could actually be outside. If it's raining out, so be it. It's raining out when these people are out hunting and fishing. They are going to be out in their element."

Two Harbors Kayak Festival

Another large outdoor activity, the Two Harbors Kayak Festival, will be held this weekend.

The 10th annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival will be from Aug. 3-5.

There will be demonstrations, a kid's kayaking area, tours, clinics and youth instruction. There will also be many different races.

For more, visit www.kayakfestival.com .

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The Duluth Outdoors Sports Expo will take place at Spirit Mountain. Admission and parking is free.

Hours:

Friday, Aug. 3: 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 4: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 5: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Da Yoopers will perform on Saturday at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.

Seminars/workshops:

Saturday: Shed Hunting at 10:30 a.m., hunting ducks and geese at 11:30 a.m. and waterfowl hunting at 2 p.m.

Sunday: At 11:30 a.m. there will be a seminar on waterfowl hunting and at 2:30 p.m. there will be a presentation on hunting ducks and geese.

For more, visit www.duluthoutdoorsportsexpo.com .

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