33rd West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state’s largest outdoor meeting takes place this weekend at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The 33rd West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show is scheduled Friday through Sunday and features a range of outdoor goods and services that will appeal to a wide range of people.
âAll of our booths are full and we have over 200 vendors and outfitters here,â said Glen Jarrell of the West Virginia Trophy Hunters Association, the organization that presents the show each year.
“They come from South Africa, Canada, all the western states are represented, Great Lakes fishing captains, everything is there,” he added.
The show was born from the idea of ââa group of guys who often visited similar shows in other states and thought West Virginai would be a great place for such a business. The first show took place at the Raleigh County Armory in Beckley. Although it was a success, the members knew that in order for the show to develop and prosper, it had to be moved to Charleston. The following year it was presented in what was then the Charleston Civic Center and became one of the most attended events of all the shows held at the establishment year after year.
Many vendors return year after year, a sure sign of the show’s success, but Jarrell adds that they are always adding new vendors and attractions. This year’s most recent feature will include the release of a bald eagle by the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
“He was injured and he has now been rehabilitated and we will release him on Saturday around 11:00 am,” he explained.
The outing will take place on the banks of the Elk River right next to the Convention Center.
Sunday will include a tour of West Virginia mountaineer Tim Eads, from Buffalo, West Virginia. He will be on hand for photos and autographs with WVU fans.
Frankie Addington, from Winfield, will be back for a second year with two shows Friday, two Saturday and one Sunday. Addington’s shows feature incredible, behind-the-back archery at targets the size of a baby aspirin, as well as inspiring discussions, especially for children in the audience.
West Virginia Outdoors will be broadcast live from the showroom floor during its regular Saturday morning hours at 7:06 am on the Metronews radio network. There will also be a three-hour special edition of West Virginia Outdoors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at MetroNews Flagship Station, 580-WCHS.