Fishing & hunting collectibles show this weekend

Fishing & hunting collectibles show this weekend


It’s the middle of winter, and the ice is still very thick. Cabin fever has long since set in. Light depravation is a real possibility. You need to get a fishing fix, but it’s still a month away from decent weather. The 7th annual Rockford Fishing and Hunting Collectible Show is your answer.

This event has become the biggest one-day show of its kind in the Midwest. This year’s show, by popular demand, is back at the local 325 Teamster Hall, 5533 11th St. in Rockford. Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., the show will feature antique fishing and hunting items, some dating back to the 1800s. Exhibitors from all over the country will be set up for a Buy-Sell-Trade show featuring thousands of old fishing lures, rods, reels, tackle boxes, etc., along with hunting-related items.

The show also encourages attendees to bring in their old tackle for free appraisals. The organizers also provide a silent auction service for those wishing to sell their old items at no charge.

Free door prizes are provided by Gander Mountain and the Inhibitor (rust preventative product). The show is hosted by two local antique lures collectors, Eddie Hobbs and Gary Gessner. Admission is $3, with children under 12 admitted free.

So dig out those old tackle boxes from your basements, attics, garages or Grandpa’s house, and come down to the show for a great time!

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