Arizona's Annual Celebration Of The Outdoors
Expands To Include The Arizona Boat ShowTM
February 15, 2014
The 14th annual Arizona International Sportsmen's Exposition (ISE) will fill the University of Phoenix Stadium Feb. 20-23 with an expanded list of outdoor products. Open to the public, the expo will draw more than 15,000 attendees from the Valley and throughout Arizona.
The expo will spotlight 300 companies: manufacturers and retailers; local, regional and international destinations; guides and outfitters; travel bureaus; enthusiast clubs and groups; and nonprofit organizations representing a wide range of outdoor interests. The ISE also presents campers, trailers and a huge selection of off-roading vehicles, including UTVs, ATVs, trucks and 4x4s.
ISE's new, co-located Arizona Boat ShowTM will feature 11 local marine dealers presenting 20 national sport- and fishing-boat brands. 2014 watercraft for sale will include wakeboard and ski boats, fish/ski boats, family runabouts, party pontoons, deck boats, personal watercraft, kayaks and stand-up-paddle boards. A giant houseboat will be on hand, too, plus a wide selection of marine accessories for sale at show prices.
The event also offers two outdoor-skills and seminar venues: the Adventure Theater and 40-foot-long aquarium-demonstration tank, which presents Arizona's top Bass pros and fishing guides and is co-sponsored by Western Outdoor Times/Arizona BOATING & Watersports.
Special guests include Scottsdale-based outdoor-gear guru Tim Ralston, and Richard Nance, host of Personal Defense TV. Ralston's business, Gear Up, will offer a wide variety of camping and survival gadgets for sale. There's also a large, new display of fishing lures for sale. In addition, two trophy displays spotlight elk and deer from throughout the West.
Interactive features that also host statewide contests are a perennial show favorite. Winners from the DockDogs water-jumping contest will have a chance at the World Championships. The show's 9,000-square foot, three-dimensional-target archery range hosts a high-energy tournament with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes awarded to winners in men's and women's divisions.
The Youth Fair represents ISE's significant investment in the future of the outdoors, offering youth free instruction in catch-and-release fishing, archery and shooting safety.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will bring its extremely popular "asset sale," which raises money for law-enforcement operations by selling and auctioning seized hides, horns and other items.
Once again, on Saturday, the Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts of America will co-locate its annual Scout-O-Rama on University of Phoenix's giant west lawn (separate admission). ISE supports this family event, which draws 15,000 people.
ADMISSION: $12 adult admission. Parking is free, as is admission to youth under 15 and Active Military with military ID. Uniformed Scouts are also admitted for no charge.
SHOW HOURS: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
MORE INFO: http://www.SportsExpos.com, and info@SportsExpos.com