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  • Sportmen's show comes to Medford Friday

  • CENTRAL POINT — The lagging economy has not kept Oregon's outdoor enthusiasts from pouring through the doors of Joe Pate's outdoor show during stops in Eugene and Roseburg earlier this month.
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    • IF YOU GO
      WHAT: The 10th annual Jackson County Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation Show.
      WHERE: Jackson County Expo grounds, Central Point.
      WHEN: Noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a....
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      IF YOU GO
      WHAT: The 10th annual Jackson County Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation Show.

      WHERE: Jackson County Expo grounds, Central Point.

      WHEN: Noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

      COST: $6 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11. A $2-off coupon is available for Friday and Sunday at Bi-Mart stores in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties. Kids 5 and younger enter free.
  • CENTRAL POINT — The lagging economy has not kept Oregon's outdoor enthusiasts from pouring through the doors of Joe Pate's outdoor show during stops in Eugene and Roseburg earlier this month.
    And he expects the same this weekend when the Jackson County Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation Show makes its 10th consecutive appearance at the Jackson County Expo fairgrounds in Central Point.
    "Even with the economy, we're still filled up," says Pate, whose company, Exposure, produces the annual show here. "We had a great run (in Roseburg) and sold a lot of stuff.
    "I think people feel they've landed," Pate says. "They're looking forward not up."
    This year's show drew about 15,400 attendees in Eugene two weeks ago, and it followed last weekend in Roseburg with about 12,500 people in attendance — which is about dead-even with last year, Pate says.
    The Medford show drew about 14,000 people last year, which was a record, and Pate is expecting the doors to swell with visitors Friday through Sunday.
    "I think we're going to have the best show of all time in Medford," Pate says.
    The headliner attraction this year has shifted from lions and tigers to bears.
    An 8-foot-tall Alaskan grizzly bear named Tonk is the featured animal in regular free shows each day of the event.
    The animal serves as a teaching device to foster conversations about grizzlies in the wild as well as presentations on how to handle an encounter with a bear should it happen in the woods, Pate says.
    Other attractions include the sixth annual Southern Oregon Head and Horns Competition, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's 50-foot-long live fish tank and the 2010 Tour of the Northwest Big Game Display.
    Other features include a live trout pond for kids, the Matterhorn climbing wall and a slew of free seminars ranging from tuna fishing and how to rattle antlers for black-tailed deer to cooking and packing with mules.
    About 100 vendors of outdoor and recreational sports gear and equipment will be on hand, as well.
    During economic downturns, people tend to stay closer to home, Pate says. Last year, the climate seemed to make show-goers cautious and eschew big-ticket purchases, he says.
    But Pate says he senses more confidence in the economy now.
    Medford is the third and final stop on the show's tour down Interstate 5.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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