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PRESS PHOTO BY NICK HROMIAK The Kids trout fishing contest is one the biggest draws at the upcoming LVHFE, set for Aug. 23-24 in Kempton. PRESS PHOTO BY NICK HROMIAK The Kids trout fishing contest is one the biggest draws at the upcoming LVHFE, set for Aug. 23-24 in Kempton.

LVHFE set for Aug. 23-24

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

While most outdoor sportsmen shows are held during the freezing months of January and February, the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza (LVHFE) is held in August when fall fishing begins to heat up and hunting seasons are forthcoming.

This year the show opens Aug. 23-24 at Kempton Fairgrounds, one day shorter than in the past to allow distant vendors sufficient time to set up their booths and attractions.

And because it's a true outdoor show, it's the only show to feature live trap and sporting clays shooting, a 50-target 3D archery shoot, and new this year, the Hamburg Archery Club will have a FITA (Federation of International Target Archery) range set up for a long-distance shooting exhibition at targets set at 50, 60 and 80 yards. Showgoers too will have a three-shot opportunity to test their long distance shooting prowess at the clubs' 50-yard target.

There will also be some new twists and attractions for the entire family.

Returning are a long list of events that include the always-popular free kids fishing area where the onsite Kistler creek is cordoned off and stocked with sizable trout compliments of Rothrock Motors, The Storage Centers and Limestone Springs Trout Nursery.

This assisted opportunity is often the start of an angling career for youngsters who have never fished before, and they are encouraged to keep their catch.

Other annual events include hunting dog demonstrations and contests, chainsaw carving, sawmilling by GC Lumber, trapping and predator calling demos, a huge outdoor product flea market, military displays featuring Dogs of War Vietnam Re-ennactors group, who plan to put on a real fire-fight using Vietnam era firearms, albeit with blank cartridges. And if the group can get FAA approval, they may put on a helicopter aerial fight. Showgoers age 18 and over will also be allowed to shoot three shots from a military style AR rifle at a constructed shooting range, explained Bob Danenhower, show co-director.

For those interested in testing their outdoor skills and knowledge, the annual Outdoor Skills Competition consists of three contests: PA Outdoor Skills for adults, Junior Mr./Ms. Lehigh Valley Outdoors Competition and Scout Challenge. Winners in all categories will receive a host of prizes compliments of Cabela's Hamburg.

Cabela's is also furnishing a new Daisy BB Gun Shooting Education Center and range where kids can learn to shoot Daisy BB guns in a safe, coached environment.

According to show co-chairman, Rick Weaknecht, Big Shot Targets will bring their new video shooting trailer that allows shooters to shoot at deer from pictures from their personal trail camera chips.

Bowhunters will want to stop by and meet Corey Brossman from Interlock and host of Primal Instinct TV show. And you don't want to pass up the Parker Crossbow booth since you can enter a drawing to win a free Parker crossbow. Plus, Weaknecht Archery is giving away to the first 300 attendees a free gift compliments of Bowtech, Parker and Carbon Express.

For those concerned about our Second Amendment rights, attorneys from Prince Law Firm will be on hand to answer questions regarding concealed carry and general gun rights. In concert with Prince, Lehigh Valley Open Carry and Concerned Gun Owners association, two pro-gun groups, will have informational booths at the show.

A first for the show will be the Hand Crafted Artisans Tailgate area featuring hand crafted art, cooking, home brewing, wine making, wood working, tin smithing, broom making, cheese making, basket weaving, sculpting, bee keepers, leather craftsmen, local produce growers and more.

An outdoor show would not be complete without an outdoor photo contest and this year the theme will be "Nature's Beauty" with prizes awarded for three categories of Wildlife, Macro and Landscape. Entries must be the original work of the photographer and there is a $5 entry fee per submission. Photos can be dropped off at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, Bob's Taxidermy in Orefield or Weaknecht Archery in Kutztown. For further details on the contest call Jeanne Carl at 570-325-4336.

Show hours are 8 a.m.–6 p.m. both days with a $5 admission for adults, $1 for kid's ages 8-12 and scouts in uniform get in free. Parking is free.

For more information and vendor and crafts registration call 610-683-7405 or 610-398-7609. Kempton Fairgrounds is located off I-78 and Route 737N where you'll see signs to the show.