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Tom Missen of Dunlap scores a mounted buck on Saturday afternoon at the Elmwood AllOutdoors Show at Elmwood High School. The show, which focuses on hunting, fishing and the great outdoors, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The hunting’s great in Elmwood

March 07, 2010 at 07:23 PM

ELMWOOD — With winter chills fading slowly, families and friends stepped out Saturday to buy fishing and hunting equipment at the inaugural Elmwood AllOutdoors Show.

About 100 sales booths were set up inside Elmwood High School for the two-day show that began Saturday. While some people shopped for their outdoors expeditions, others participated in contests, seminars and a raffle.

A fishing pond and an archery range were available for youngsters. A major attraction was the big-buck contest, in which hunters nominated deer they had harvested.

“We have had an overwhelming response since we started this,” said Janice Nash, one of the show’s organizers.

After helping operate an outdoors show in Tinley Park, Nash and a few others got together in February 2008 to discuss the prospects of doing the same in Elmwood. The plan is for this to be a yearly event, Nash said.

Proceeds benefited Elmwood High School athletic programs and academic scholarships. Nash expected between 2,500 and 5,000 people to attend, and proceeds are expected to reach $25,000.

“It is going awesome,” said Vianey Payan, 16, an Elmwood freshman who was among the volunteers working at the event.

Payan and another volunteer, Nicole Coffey, 14, spent Saturday making announcements and helping vendors with anything they needed.

“I was the first to volunteer,” Coffey said.

According to Nash, more than 100 Elmwood students joined Coffey and Payan among the volunteers.

One of the biggest crowds at the show was gathered around the fishing gear.

“I am ready for spring fishing,” said Jean Fahnestock, 61, of Pekin, who attended with her husband, Roger Fahnestock.

Aside from what was offered for sale at the booths, Jean Fahnestock also was pleased about the show’s potential benefits for the Elmwood community.

“It is a good idea to earn some money for the school,” she said.

Vendors paid $50 to set up a booth for the weekend.

Matt Birmingham of Cisco, located northeast of Decatur, sells custom-made baits and lures. The owner of Build Your Own Baits apparently had a very busy Saturday morning.

“Great turnout,” he said.

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Had Fun!  Great idea!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/07 at 07:41 PM

To all the folks who put the show together, you did a great job.  I worked at the Heart of Illinois QDMA Booth on Saturday morning.  It was nice to have a local outdoors show, because at the Deer and Turkey Classic you get people from all over the state.  Our QDMA branch is relatively new and it really helped us to spread our word throughout the Heart of Illinois area.  If I spoke with you about QDMA, thanks for listening.  It is a great concept and if you can practice on your own land, you will see results if you stay disciplined.  We are trying to grow interest in our chapter, and this was a great way for us to get out word out.  Thank You again!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/07 at 10:52 PM

qdma is a farkin scam , just use common sense instead of spending thousands of dollars buying there products

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/08 at 09:03 AM

We went yesterday to the event.  I thought it was better is many aspects than the deer & turkey classic.  Parking was free in very close to the entrance. Only $5 to get in.  Plent of variety of what I was looking for and more.  I hope they made a ton of money for the school. 

Looking forward to it next year!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/08 at 10:53 AM

I thought it was a great event for the school.  It was great to see so many kids involved.  I was a little disappointed that my deer was turned away because the quota was filled.  Then to watch as other deer heads were accepted.  Would have been nice to know you could call in and reserve a spot.  Over all it was a great show.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/08 at 01:42 PM

One of my kids graduated from Elmwood and the other is still a student there.  To all who put this show on and volunteered hours and hours of their own time to benefit Elmwoood, a big Thank You!  I enjoyed the show and my son really enjoyed working it.  Thanks!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/08 at 02:45 PM

I thought it was a good show the right size to be able to see everythingin one day without rushing around and the money goes to a good cause instead of some promoters pocket.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/08 at 06:10 PM

FOODPLOT PHIL

“Buckraiser-qdma is a farkin scam , just use common sense instead of spending thousands of dollars buying there products”

  -Foodplot Phil, it doesn’t take thousands of dollars at all! If its so common sense then enlighten us?! What would you do to manage a farm?!  You have the time to bash, what you don’t know, but not the time to educate us??! All I heard is, compliments on the QDM educational posters; aging a buck on the hoof, estimating age with jawbone, and others, these are the best and only poster made to educate hunters!! I’m not saying QDMA is the best and you have to join, all I’m saying is, the management principles are dead on!! And proven by science and biology and have been tested!! Thanks to everybody who stopped at the booth, met some great local people!!
  Jeff, Larry, Elmwood, and everyone else thanks great event!! Great turnout and great for the kids!! Glad I could help take part!!  Hopefully we have more of these local shows!!

Sincerely,

Foodplot Phil

Posted by food plot phil on 03/09 at 10:47 AM

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