|The 2003 edition of the Arkansas Sportshow, scheduled for February 7, 8 and 9 at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, marks the nineteenth year for this annual fund-raiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jonesboro.|
Outdoor enthusiasts can see a wide range of outdoor and leisure time products. Hundreds of the latest sporting products designed to captivate hunting, fishing and boating enthusiasts of all ages will be on display--boats and motors, ATVs, fishing equipment, hunting gear, special seminars, attractions, outdoor sporting goods and water sports gear.
|Johnny White, chairman of the 2003 Arkansas Sportshow, said that this is a family-oriented event. "We have attractions for the entire family."|
|One returning popular attraction is the "World's Greatest Trout Tank," custom designed and constructed by members of the Rotary Club of Jonesboro. This year it will be stocked with 800 pounds of trout for children to fish.|
|A new attraction to this year's show is Dr. Dolittle 2 animal trainer, Scott Handley, and his bears, Ben and Kody. Handley has trained animals for commercials, motion pictures and television. He will be bringing two of his bears with him to the Arkansas Sportshow. Ben and Kody are sibling cinnamon-faced brown bears. They will entertain spectators and Handley will answer questions about bears and the projects on which he has worked, in addition to talking about bear safety and awareness.|
|Recognizing the popularity of deer hunting in this part of the country, the Arkansas Sportshow has again designated an exclusive area for the 2003 show called "The Deer woods." This is an additional 5,600 square feet of exhibit space connected to the main exhibit floor on the ground floor of the ASU Convocation Center. The Deer Woods will feature "Monster Whitetails of Arkansas" which displays many giant Arkansas deer, including the largest ever killed in the Natural State.|
|Also located in the Deer Woods is the "Big Buck Scoring Contest" sponsored in part by Outdoor Advantage. Deer hunters can bring their prize racks to have them scored and to enter them in the Buck Scoring Contest. Judging will take place in several different categories: gun, bow, crossbow, muzzleloader, women, youth and open. This year's team of scoring officials includes individuals who are certified officials in the Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young clubs. These judges will oversee the scoring, measuring, recording of scores and awarding of prizes. Participants will compete for prizes, cash and trophies. For a complete listing of rules for the Buck Scoring Contest, participants can visit the web site at www.arsportshow.com.|
|According to Johnny White, Chairman of the 2003 Arkansas Sportshow, all entrants in the Big Buck Contest will also be entered into a drawing for an E-Z-Go Cart Xtreme customized for deer hunting.|
This year's show is also offering two big prize give-a-ways. Anyone who is 18 and older who comes to the show can register to win an Arctic Cat 4x4 complete with a hunting package, sponsored by Jonesboro Tractor. Swamp Buck Outfitters is giving away a guided archery hunt to entrants who are 21 years of age or older.
The Arkansas Sportshow is a non-profit project of the Rotary Club of Jonesboro. The entire show is sponsored, staffed, promoted and produced by volunteers who are members of Rotary. All proceeds from the Arkansas Sportshow help fund charitable projects.
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