Celebrating its 60th anniversary — featuring more than 250 vendors and programs and activities centered on fishing, hunting, boating, wildlife and more — the Big Horn Outdoor Recreation Show opens today through Sunday at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center.
Traditional family attractions like the BB gun range, fishing ponds and big game mounts at Trophy Territory are spiced up with new offerings like a “Date Night” package on Saturdays featuring live music and dancing.
The Reptile Man performs educational shows that end with a chance for kids to touch and hold snakes. The Laughing Dog Brewery offers domestic and craft beers in the lounge.
Up to 18 programs per day deal with topics such as cooking fish and game; waters of the fly fishing area; mastery of an elk horn; fishing techniques for zander, salmon, sturgeon and other species; waterfowl hunting; Chronic Wasting Disease Updates; ADA access; Researching cougars and how to make money fishing northern pikeminnows.
Regular tickets are $12 with senior, military and youth discounts. Children under 9 years are free. Friday night is Ladies Night with $5 tickets and live music. A $30 family pass will be offered on Sunday.
Unlike most for-profit sports shows in the West, the Big Horn Show is sponsored by a sports organization, the Spokane-based Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, which dedicates proceeds and many volunteer hours to fish and wildlife-related projects.