MUSKIE EXPO begins it : Timing right

Jim Polka captured the essence of this weekend as the beginning of the outdoors shows around Chicago when he replied on Facebook, ``Great weekend for it . . . Crappy weather and poor ice conditions.''

So it is prime time wander around inside and check out a show.

I am going to try to post a preview of each show here on Stray Casts as the season progresses and include when and what I will be doing at that show.

The MUSKIE EXPO Chicago starts the season at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, opening at 2 p.m. today.

I plan to be there right around opening, in part because I am helping judge the New Product Showcase again.

I enjoyed my time doing it last year and look forward to it again this year.

If I am lucky, I will run into Chef Todd again and be able to pick his brain about what is important and new at the show.

If my time holds, I will stick around to catch Kurt Schultz on river muskies at 5 p.m.

Click here to check out the schedule of seminars.

Muskie shows traditionally are not great places for kids, other than the hardcore ones; but this show has more than usual for kids. Click here for the kids page. And the ticket pricing is right with those 12 and younger and Scouts in uniform 15 and younger getting in free. Llungen Lures' Kids building a lure at 10 a.m. Sunday, then a kids seminar at noon Sunday.

The show runs through Sunday. Basic ticket is $12, but there are various discounts.

Click here for info.

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