The 54th annual Red Deer Sports & Outdoor Show has something for both outdoor athletes and those who just want to enjoy some recreation and relaxation.
The show, which began Friday, runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Westerner Park.
Information is available at www.rdsportsoutdoorshow.ca.
Organizer Troy Coutts said traditionally, the show has been more about hunting, fishing and camping.
“That is the foundation, always has been and always will be. But so many people enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, golfing — just anything to do with the outdoors,” Coutts said.
Now, the show has a variety of exhibitors and visitors, he said.
“We attracted quite a lot of attention with some new exhibitors. It’s such a diverse market. We have a little bit of everything.”
“People are very optimistic this year and excited to bring some new products out.”
He said there are 115 exhibitors, including interactive displays and face painting for children.
“It’s not just looking at stuff. We have an axe-throwing venue for the grownups. There’s a fishing simulator. You can simulate catching pretty much any kind of fish you want.”
Between 7,000 and 10,000 people are expected to visit the show over the weekend, which is the primary fundraiser for the Red Deer Fish and Game Association.