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SunDome to host 2007 Central Washington Sportsmen Show

YAKIMA - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-18, the Central Washington Sportsmen Show returns to the Yakima SunDome.

There will be something for everyone at this year's show. TV personality and famous cook Cee Dub Welch will be featured, along with fly fishing expert Jim Teeny.

The annual horn and antler competition will be among the many attractions.

Clear Channel Radio will be hosting the trout-bobbing contest. And a fishing pond and air rifle range will be available for the children.

On display will be fishing boats and other recreational vehicles and campers.

Exhibitors at this year's show include retail merchants, factory representatives, outdoor clubs, wildlife artists and more.

Door prizes will be given away at the show daily. The first 150 people through the door Friday and Saturday and the first 150 children through the door Sunday will also receive a bonus prize.

Hunting and fishing seminars and demonstrations will be provided by some of the best in the field. Fishing topics will include steelhead, walleye and fishing Rufus Woods Reservoir for trophy fish such as kokanee and rainbow trout. Fly fishing seminars will cover fishing for trophy steelhead and salmon; and fly fishing in Alaska.

Featured fishing and hunting speakers will include Gordon Steinmetz, Anton Jones, Shane Magnuson, Dan Kloer and Dave Murphy.

A fly casting pool will be featured for demonstrations from beginning fly casting by Gary Fairbanks of Gary's Fly Shoppe in Yakima to expert fly casting by Jim Teeny of Teeny Nymph Company in Gresham, Ore.

People are encouraged to bring old fishing tackle to the show and talk with Jennie Hodge, fishing tackle collector. She can have your tackle appraised.

A dog weight pull will be among the attractions on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11 a.m. This pull is sanctioned by the International Weight Pull Association and will be held outside of the SunDome. No admission fee is required for this event.

Lunker Lake, the kids fishing pond, will be stocked with a lot of hungry trout and the Yakima County Sheriff Search and Rescue team will attend this favorite feature. Some fish will be marked and may be worth cash prizes for youngsters.

All children wanting to learn more about shooting a rifle are invited to the Crosman Air Rifle shooting trailer. The Washington Hunter's Education Instructor Association (WHEIA) will be manning the trailer and donations will be accepted.

A three-day fishing trip for four with Beamer's Hells Canyon Tours, valued at more than $2,000, will be the grand door prize at this year's show. Anyone 18 or older is eligible to enter this drawing.

Doors will be open 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Adult admission is $7, for children ages six through 12 the admission is $3.50 and children younger than six will get in free.

Friday is Senior Day and seniors 60 and older will be admitted for a reduced admission cost of only $3.50.

Sunday is Family Day. Two adults and two children ages six to 12 will be admitted for $17.

Admission is paid only one time and valid for all three days of fun. Free parking is available for the first hour of the show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, courtesy of the Central Washington Sportsmen Show management and the SunDome.

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