Thursday, December 1 2022

The 52nd Bismarck Tribune Sport Show will fill the Bismarck Event Center with boats, RVs and vendors February 11-13.

Major suppliers will return such as River City Sports, Moritz Sport and Marine, Vallely Sport and Marine, Capital RV Centers and Roughrider RVs, according to event coordinator Julie Ramos Lagos. More than 100 vendors are expected, with a few new vendors to be expected, she said.

“This year we are going to see a new camper brand, which is Keystone, coming through Dvorak Motorsports, which is quite exciting,” said Ramos Lagos.

The Adventure Zone on the upper level of the show will feature new attractions for all ages. This year will include a flight simulator and ax throwing stations.

“Every year we try to change it up and add features so that there is something new and exciting for families to participate in the Adventure Zone,” Ramos Lagos said.

One of the highlights of the event is a new fishing simulator. With the big screen and real poles to use, she said it was like fishing off a dock.

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“The simulator is set up so that you can use any type of fishing rod, so there will be the opportunity and the challenge to try out new rods,” said Ramos Lagos. “I think it’s going to be a really fun and cool feature that people will enjoy.”

The organizers are delighted to once again host the popular DockDogs contest. The dogs will jump on Friday evening, Saturday all day and Sunday afternoon.

Red Lab Kota and its owner Mandi Ell of Bismarck are ready to compete. Kota started jumping last summer and received a master’s title at just 8 months old. The pair are looking forward to some good competition in Kota’s first appearance at the Sport Show.

“DockDogs just exploded as a sport and Bismarck’s show is a big one. There are a lot of dogs in it and they just keep getting better,” Ell said.

The event will also include seminars and guest speakers. Participants can get fishing tips from professional anglers Ted Takasaki, Jason Mitchell, JR Carter and Kris Walcker. There will also be sessions with horse trainer Elsabe Hausauer and former professional cyclist Jairo Ramos Lagos.

Carter and Walcker are part of the Future Angler Foundation and will run a fishing clinic for children. Carter said he would also be giving a new seminar on forward looking sonar.

“Fishing with this live sonar is fun because you can see the fish, which way they’re pointing or how far away they are from the boat,” Carter said. “A lot of people call it video game fishing and it’s the most realistic video game you can have because there’s a real fish at the end of the line.”

Masks and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue.

“Even though last year was a very strong COVID year, we had a very good turnout and I can predict that we will have another good turnout this year,” said Ramos Lagos.

The show will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 11; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on February 12; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 13. Admission is $6 per person and free for children 12 and under. There’s also a three-day pass for $15. Parking is free.

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