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Outdoor Show, Beer & Bacon Fest And Get Fit Expo Attract 10,000+ visitors

For the seventh consecutive year, the three-day Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show along with its new Beer & Bacon Fest and Lutheran Health Network and WANE-TV’s Get Fit Expo – all based at Fort Wayne’s Memorial Coliseum – attracted over 10,000 visitors Jan. 22 through 24.

On Friday, the Beer & Bacon Fest’s silent auction and gate proceeds raised more than $5,000 to send war veterans on an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.

All weekend long, families browsed large RV and boat displays and enjoyed zipline and kayak rides, air rifle and archery lessons, live fishing, chainsaw carving and fly fishing demonstrations, photos with Spiderman and the ever-so-popular STIHL Timberworks lumberjack shows. The Navy won the amateur lumberjack competition on Saturday evening, which consisted of log rolling, axe throwing and double buck sawing against three other local military branches.

At the Get Fit Expo, which ran Jan. 23-24, showgoers participated in Sport Wayne’s American Ninja Warrior obstacle course and Matt Roth won their 3-point basketball shooting contest, while New Year’s resolutioners signed up for Lutheran Health Network’s 21-day challenge and committed to Fort4Fitness’ Spring Cycle and Fall Festival.

Dates for the next traditional Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show are set for Jan. 27-29, 2017.