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February 9-12, 2023

Show Features

Every year we bring unique features, entertainment and education to our shows as an added value to you! Check out the lineup below and click the links for more details on each!

Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

The World-Famous Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel returns to La Crosse in 2023! Appearing daily at the show, Twiggy will entertain and educate while mystifying adults and children alike with her amazingly unique talent!

You have to see it in person to believe it! Watch as Twiggy gets up on her custom water skis and speeds around her pool in front of delighted-children and astonished-faces!

On top of the wow factor entertainment, Twiggy will help educate showgoers on the importance of life jackets and boating safety! So come, be entertained and help your children learn a life-lesson from the best water safety teacher around!

Presentation times

Thursday 4:30 pm & 7 pm
Friday
11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm & 7 pm
Saturday 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Freedom in a Can

10 years ago, the road beckoned and they answered. Freedom in a Can is the story of Shari & Hutch, two 40-somethings who left their full-time jobs for a mid-lifeventure in their restored, vintage travel trailer. While celbrating their 10th Nomadiversary, Shari & Hutch will be doing presentations on the following topics…

The Cost of Living on the Road

Ever wonder how much it costs to live the full-time road life? While the answer is different for each person, much depends on how you choose to live, where you travel, the type of vehicle you chose, where you camp, how much you drive, and more. There are many factors to consider when saving, planning, making day-to-day choices, and finding work on the road.  Over the past decade of wandering the continent in their tiny vintage travel trailer named Hamlet, they have figured out how to thrive on a 1/4 of what used to drive their traditional, professional lives. Join them for some tips, tricks, advice, life hacks, and other unique ways to keep their costs low and experiences rewarding!

RV Solar 101: Sizing a Solar Powered System for Your Rig

Interested in camping and boondocking with solar?  Shari & Hutch have been doing just that since 2012, and sharing their experiences on how to do it on a budget with people all over the country. Join them to learn the 4 essential pieces of solar equipment you need, tools and resources for sizing your own system, and some simple strategies for making the most of your solar powered system.  Get ready to take the plunge and go solar this year, and be able to write it off your taxes!

Presentation times

The Cost of Living on the Road

Thursday 6:30 pm
Friday
2 pm | 7 pm
Saturday 12 pm | 4 pm
Sunday 11 am

RV Solar 101 – Sizing a Solar Powered System for Your Rig

Friday 12:30 pm | 4 pm
Saturday 2 pm | 6 pm
Sunday 1 pm

Mad Dog & Merrill

TV Hosts of Midwest Grillin’ Secrets

Promoting the fine art of barbeque through mesmerizing performances self-proclaimed “grillologists” Mad Dog and Merrill awaken the taste buds of people where ever they go. Having grilled together for over 35 years Mad Dog & Merrill feel they have a partnership made in barbeque heaven. They are expert cooks with exceptional culinary skills who offer valuable tips to the outdoor Griller. These two outdoor cooking gurus present excitement amusement and fantastic mouth-watering recipes all keeping with their motto: “There’s nothing you can’t cook on a grill!” Come and watch the “grillologists” perform daily as they entertain you with grilling tips & techniques.

Presentation times

Thursday 4 pm | 7 pm
Friday
 12 pm | 2 pm | 4:30 pm | 6:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am | 1:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 6:30 pm
Sunday 11 am | 1 pm

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Fishing Tips From the Pros – Ted Takasaki

A Fishing Hall of Fame Legendary Angler, Ted is one of the top competitors on the National Walleye Tour. Ted won the prestigious Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) Classic Championship in 1998 and the 1995 PWT Top Gun Angler Award. In 2002, he smashed the all time, one day PWT tournament record, which still stands today, with limit of 5 walleyes that weighed 53.2 pounds! His topics include Jigging Secrets of the Pros and The Incredible Bottom Bouncer!

    Presentation Times

    Jigging Secrets of the Pros

    Thursday 5:30 pm
    Friday 2:30 pm
    Saturday 10:30 am & 2:30 pm
    Sunday 11:30 am

    The Incredible Bottom Bouncer

    Friday 11:30 am & 5:15 pm
    Saturday 12:30 pm & 4:30 pm
    Sunday 1:30 pm

    Ted Takasaki Musky

    Raised Hunting with David & Karin Holder

    Raised Hunting (Saturdays 11:30a on the Outdoor Channel) is about an average American family that has used hunting as a platform to teach ethics and values to their family. The Holders share their North American hunting experience and use real adventures from their journeys.

    Raised Hunting captures the raw emotion that comes from an animal at close range, all while focusing on bringing you ultimate adventures with the highest regard to cinematography. Raised Hunting is the show that keeps you on the edge of your seat and looking for more when it’s over.

    Most important, the Holders hope you will see them for who they really are, just another family that lives and loves everything hunting has to offer, and the kind of family you would hope to run into at your next hunting camp. After all, they are looking forward to sharing camp with you. Thank you for being a part of Raised Hunting!

    Presentation Schedule

    Put Whitetails Where You Want Them

    Thursday 6:30 pm
    Friday 3:30 pm
    Saturday 11:30 am & 6:30 pm
    Sunday 10:30 am

    Turkey’s Up Close and Personal

    Friday 1:30 pm & 6:15 pm
    Saturday 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
    Sunday 12:30 pm

    Raised Hunting 1
    Raised Hunting 2

    Parakeet Landing

    Back by popular demand is the Colorful Parakeet Landing.  Make your way upstairs to the ballroom where you will find the Parakeet Landing.  Kids of all ages will enjoy these friendly, colorful birds as they fly around their enclosure landing on arms, hands, shoulders and heads. The young ones are especially amazed as they can see the birds up close. You will want to have a camera ready to capture the looks on their faces as the parakeets elicit wide smiles and oohs and aahs of amazement.

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    Kids Fishing Clinic

    New this year!! Come and attend a one on one fishing clinic with Capt Jarrid Houston, professional fishing guide, TV and print media contributor.

    Every angler 12 and under who attends a session will leave with a ticket that is good for a free round of fishing at the Rainbow Trout Pond along with a certificate and “goodies”.

    You won’t want to miss this fun seminar!

    Kids Fishing Clinic Schedule

    Note, each clinic lasts approximately 15-20 minutes

    • Friday 1 pm & 6:15 pm
    • Saturday 12 pm, 2:45 pm & 6 pm
    • Sunday 12:30 pm

    Bio

    Capt. Jarrid Houston is USCG, First Aid/CPR Certified and knows the ins and outs of handling the Great Lakes Duluth/Superior and the many surrounding waters.  Jarrid has a proven track record of successful outings through hard work and time on the water.  Growing up in the St. Croix River Valley region of Stillwater, MN and Osceola, WI, Jarrid has a love and respect for river fishing.  The St. Louis River is Jarrid’s strong suit.  As well as summer Walleye fishing and ice fishing on Lake Superior.

    Jarrid Houston with large caught fish
    Jarrid Houston with large caught fish

    Live Trout Pond

    It’s Fun, it’s Exciting, it’s Challenging! The Trout Tank fishing experience has become a family tradition with many fishermen and families over the last 43 years. We constantly have people telling us that their kids are experiencing the same excitement that they used to have at the Annual La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV and Hunting Show Extravaganza. Drop a line, reel in some fun and create some memories!

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    FREE Measuring & Scoring of Mounts

    Bring in your trophy racks for FREE Measuring and Scoring by Boone & Crocket / Pope & Young. While you are at the booth, ask the professionals what to look for on a rack and the various technicalities involved in evaluating each rack brought in.

    FREE Face Painting

    Cherri Merri Muffin

    Cheri Merri Muffin is regionally known as the best, freehand, face painter around!

    She will be providing free face painting and balloon animals for all kids throughout the day!

    Whether you choose to participate or watch, it’s sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces!

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