What is your definition of “sport”?

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Everyone has a definition of sport when you ask. Some say specific sports like football, baseball etc. Others say a sport that they do which is close to their heart like jogging or golf. Webster’s defines sport as “a source of diversion like recreation.” Set the traditional idea of organized sport aside and think more like outdoor adventures.

This week I thought that since it is not so great outside, I would highlight some shows with things Americans love to do for recreation if/when they CAN play outside. These shows feature many different shapes, sizes and types of recreation we enjoy as a nation. The show floors are covered with things related to all of our outdoor passions such as boating, fishing,  hunting, luxury travel,  adventure travel, camping, ATV’s, RV’s, motorcycles and so much more. You will see things, new, established and outrageous in the world of outdoor fun. A lot of the companies exhibiting at these shows have spent huge amounts of money creating interactive experiences to give you as close a possible, the experience of their product at the show when you cannot go out and actually try it.

I have found these types of shows a fun way to spend a day as a family. I am pretty confident that these types of shows are taking place all over the country in the next few weeks. If there aren’t any on this list near you, please use the search box to find events in your backyard to attend this week.  So grab the kids and granny and get on out there. Even if you have to go inside to see what new and exciting to do outside!

Iowa Boat, RV and Vacation Show

Jan 20, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

UNI Dome at University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA US 50613

Since 1989, boat equipment, ideas and information. Featuring over 23 boat dealers with 50 different brands and 100’s of models. Includes family runabouts, fishing boats, cabin cruisers, cuddies, power boats, waterski boats, personal watercraft, jet boats, bass boats, walleye boats, deck boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks, fishing and ski boats. Plus seminars motorhomes, boating accessories and boat and camping related products are also featured.
15,000 Attendees

New Jersey RV and Camping Show

Jan 20, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

New Jersey Convention and Expo Center Edison, NJ US 08837

Since 1968, features 125 exhibitors and hundreds of RV’s from pop ups to high end motor homes, RV products and accessories and resort campgrounds exhibiting at the show.
15,000 Attendees

Austin Boat Show

Jan 19, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

Austin Convention Center Austin, TX US 78701

Since 1978, show with 65 exhibitors with boating equipment, camping and recreational supplies and related accessories.
15,000 Attendees

Sacramento International Sportsmen’s Exposition and Boat Show

Jan 19, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

Cal Expo Center Sacramento, CA US 95815

Since 1988, featuring over 400 exhibitors, the Sacramento International Sportsmen’s Exposition and Boat Show will offer the Central Valley’s largest selection of products and services for anglers, hunters, boaters, ATVers, campers and recreational-vehicle enthusiasts, also showcasing some of the world’s finest wildlife paintings, sculpture, photography, leathercraft and log furniture. Hundreds of lodges, resorts, guides and outfitters will be available to answer questions or book adventures to destinations nearby or distant, including 10 exhibitors from Africa offering photo and hunt safaris. Some highlights and features include Northern California’s largest selection of sportfishing boats, at bargain prices. New ATV test track, Best-Of- The-West Fly-Casting Competition, Ford Ultimate Campsite, full of the latest in camping gear and Ford vehicles, Coleman Campfire Theater, chainsaw artist, huge sporting-dog arena, Lawry’s Taste of the Outdoors fish and game cooking demos, Cal Boating Adventure Theater: expert-led presentations on dozens of hot outdoor topics, super tanker live-fish display, seminars and much more.
40,000 Attendees

Cleveland Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show

Jan 19, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

I-X Center Cleveland, OH US 44135

Since 1937, the largest show of its kind in the Midwest, features sporting goods, camping equipment, tackle, travel and tourism representatives and more.
200,000 Attendees

Kansas City Boat and Sportshow

Jan 19, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

Bartle Hall – Kansas City Convention Center Kansas City, MO US 64105

Since 1955, features over 400 exhibitors, new model year power boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats, motors, marine electronics, trailers, lifts, docks, personal watercraft, ATV’s, motorcycles, RV’s, camping trailers, fishing and sporting goods, seminars, family vacation and adventure travel destinations and much more.
135,000 Attendees

Minneapolis Boat Show

Jan 19, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, MN US 55403

Since 1973, more than 200 exhibitors displaying runabouts, cruisers, pontoon boats, bass boats, ski boats, deck boats, fishing boats, houseboats, high performance boats, sailboats, yachts, day sailors, racing scows, catamarans,inflatables, canoes, kayaks, rowing shells, personal watercraft, motors, trailers, docks, lifts, covers, marine electronics, charter services, marinas, marine accessories, insurance and financial services.
100,000 Attendees

Birmingham Boat Show

Jan 19, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Birmingham, AL US 35203

Since 1972, the latest in boat and sports equipment with over 250,000 square feet, the Show highlights the latest in Boats, Motors, Fishing gear, Guides, Outfitters and related outdoor gear.
40,000 Attendees

Fort Myers RV Super Show

Jan 19, 2012 – Jan 22, 2012

Lee County Civic Center Fort Myers, FL US 33917

Since 1986. Get ready to hit the road in a new RV. Plenty of new styles to look at, as well as supplies and equipment.
13,000 Attendees

Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show

Jan 20, 2012 – Jan 21, 2012

Buckeye Event Center Dalton, OH US 44618

With over 100 exhibitors such as Hoyt, Bowtech, Benelli, Ruger, Reminton, Mathews Solocam, and Leica plus many more in attendance this is sure to be even better than last year! More seminars will be held due to the overwhelming response from last year. Featured speakers such as Chuck Adams, Tony Lapratt, San Gerht, Dave Whitt, Alex Vedrinski, Smokey from the Hills of West Virginia and the Division of Watercraft.
15,000 Attendees

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