Some call it a dream show. That is, some of what they see fits well into dreams but not into the pocketbook.
Others look upon the Utah Boat, Sports and Travel Show as the information center for recreation.Consensus is it is informative, enlightening, entertaining and can be dreamlike . . . $10 million in motor homes, travel trailers, vans, cruisers, speed boats and houseboats; information on where to fish and hunt, and even seminars on how-to; displays of recreation equipment, and explanations on how it works; and in-depth looks at other parts of the world and what opportunities to recreate are there.
The show will open in the Salt Palace Wednesday and run through the following Sunday. Hours will be 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 7 to 12.
This year's show will take a good, hard look at the recreational vehicle market, from houseboats to motor homes. It will also feature a "Tackle Row" with, as the name implies, all types of fishing tackle and equipment.
There will also be outfitters and guides from such spots as Alaska, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Wyoming and Idaho, and even some from within Utah, telling about opportunities and costs.
Expanded this year, notes Jonathan Greenband, president of Greenband Enterprise, producers of the show, will be the hand-on and how-to parts to the show.
There will be, for example, a fishing pond for kids, complete with catchable rainbow trout. Fishermen are limited by age (12 and under) and to two fish, with no license necessary, and at no cost to the angler. Salt Lake County Fish and Game Association will coordinate fishing activities around the pond.
There will also be an indoor archery range.
The world's largest mobile aquarium will be filled with water and fish, and members of Utah's bass fishing clubs will give hourly exhibitions on presenting everything from surface lures to spinner baits.
A unique attraction this year will be the "Utah Trout River." This is a circulating pool of running water that will cascades over rocks and brush, and into pools, same as a high mountain stream. Fishing experts will sport waders and fishing rods, and wade into the flowing water to give actual demonstrations on such stream fishing techniques as presentation, drift and retrieve.
Among the noted speakers will be Jim Zumbo, editor of Outdoor Life Magazine and author of 10 hunting books; Mark Von Aspern, world class duck caller; Steve Woolstenhulme, noted Utah hunting guide; Mickey Anderson and Paul Milburn of Anglers' Inn, recognized as two of the top fly fishermen; and Marty Howard of Spinner Fall Fly Shop, noted fisherman and video maker.
Other groups involved will be members of the Stonefly Society offering daily demonstrations on fly tying techniques. These sessions will be in a special theater with four video cameras on the tier and monitors around the room for closer viewing.
There will also be a casting demonstration twice daily by Stan Fagerstrom, known around the country for his casting accuracy and agility with all types of fishing rods and reels.
Camping experts from REI will also be at the show giving tips and suggestions on where to go camping and what equipment to take along on trips.
Daily schedules will be posted at the show giving times and topics.There will also be videos by 3M productions on hunting and fishing topics.