EUGENE, Ore. — Even the Super Bowl wasn’t enough to stop hundreds of Lane County residents from checking out the last day of the Eugene Boat and Sportsmen’s Show. Even in the grey of winter, it looks like everyone is ready to get outside. The show has really become a tradition in Eugene. The show draws in thousands of lovers of the great outdoors. Gear for hunting, fishing, boating and much more were on display. For regular visitors to the show, it offers a great way to re-connect with their community.
“I see a lot of people who I know. Coming back and seeing people from the area is really what brings me back to it,” said show vendor Troy Corgain, who has been coming to the show for the past ten years.
This year featured the Great Cats of the World Show. The show was turning heads all weekend.
“People are getting to see some species that they would not otherwise get to see, even at some big zoos,” said animal trainer Farrah Conti. The Oregon State Police also showed up to educate attendees about poaching in Oregon, as well as ways to stop the illegal activity.
“Everybody can help. All they have to do is pick up the phone call our tip line–it’s on the website–and call and report it. We will follow up on it,” said OSP officer Joshua Wetzel. OSP says it needs the public’s help to solve this ongoing problem. “Unfortunately, OSP can’t be everywhere at once. That’s where the public comes in to help us by reporting things and helping us follow up on investigations.”
Hunters weren’t the only ones learning. The weekend featured fishing demonstrations for avid anglers too. The focus of the event really was the entire great outdoors. Organizers wanted the whole family to realize how much there is to offer in the Northwest. The show was really aimed at getting people to explore the outdoors.