Fishing for Outdoor Family Fun

Today we are excited to welcome a guest post from Vicki Hart, producer of the Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show, which returns next week.   Vicki joins us today with all the family friendly details on the show AND she’s given us some tickets to giveaway!  (PLEASE NOTE: The Giveaway has closed. Congratulations to FFC readers Nedra, Laura, Jim & Pat)


Looking for an adventure the whole family can enjoy? The 56th annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show®, presented by Ram®, rolls into Duke Energy Convention Center a week from today – January 18-20 and 23-27, 2013 – and your family is invited to take in all the action.

A Midwest tradition for outdoor and sports enthusiasts, this year’s show will feature more than 500 exhibitors representing  boats, marine services, campers, travel trailers, travel destinations and outdoor recreation – everything your family needs to create that perfect outdoor experience year-round. In addition to the sights and sounds, your youngsters will have the opportunity to learn outdoor fundamentals in the areas of golf, fishing and more … family fun and education all under the same roof!

Youth education and interactive opportunities onsite include, but are not limited to:

  • Saturday, Jan. 19 – Joel Suggs, PGA, Meadow Links & Golf Academy,
    Junior Golf … SUCCESS seminar (2 p.m.)*
  • Saturday, Jan. 19 – Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman with Dan Armitage radio show,
    Kids Fishing Fun seminar (noon, 3 & 6 p.m.)*
  • Sunday, Jan. 20 – Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman with Dan Armitage radio show,
    Kids Fishing Fun seminar (noon & 2 p.m.)*
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 – National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF),
    River Valley Longbeards 7th Annual Turkey Calling Contest (1 p.m.)
  • Entire show – Hamilton County Parks booth, Interactive Climbing Wall

*Seminars and activities are included in the price of admission.


Armitage has been teaching youth anglers for years with his Kids Fishing Fun seminars as he travels the country during winter months.

“I present the Kids Fishing Fun program to offer children – and the adults who bring them to the show – the basic skills and knowledge they need to try fishing when they get a chance,” Armitage says. “Fishing is a non-competitive, outdoor activity that they can enjoy alone, with the family or group of friends, and a sport they can engage in for the rest of their lives. I demonstrate the use of simple tackle and live baits to show the audience how to fish from shore for easy-to-catch fish species and then end the program with a child actually doing that: catching a fish!”


To back-up his expertise, Armitage holds a degree in education from The Ohio State University and led Ohio’s Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs educational program for the Ohio Division of Wildlife when it kicked off nationally a decade ago. In addition, Armitage is a full-time freelance outdoors and boating writer and syndicated outdoor radio host.

Cincy-area show-goers can tune in to his weekly radio show, Buckeye Sportsman with Dan Armitage,  Saturdays from 6-7 a.m. on WQRT, 1160-AM. For more info about Dan and his programs, visit

For a full youth and adult seminar schedule, and the experts you will find at the Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show, visit

The Cincinnati Golf Show® (January 18-20) and Cincinnati Hunting & Fishing Show® (January 23-27) will run in tandem with the Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show®.

Admission for adults is $11. Adults can save $3 on admission by purchasing tickets at Cincinnati-area Kroger stores. Children (ages 13 and under) are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Wednesday, January 23, is “Buck Night,” when admission (children and adults) is $1. Admission to the Travel, Sports & Boat Show® includes admission to the Cincinnati Golf Show® and Cincinnati Hunting & Fishing Show®


Good Luck!


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  7. Ryan Bishop says

    My favorite vacation destination is Walt Disney World. Seeing my children’s eyes light up is amazing! I signed up for the newsletter, follow on Pinterest, and like both pages on FB.

  8. Lisa W. says

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