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DECC Hosts 49th Annual Outdoor Recreation Display

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It’s dubbed winter’s biggest extravaganza, and it’s kicking off Wednesday at the DECC.

The Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show is back at the DECC for the 49th consecutive year, where vendors from across the country are coming together to showcase the newest equipment and hottest items for outdoor recreation.

“Most of us kind of know each other. We’ve been doing this for many, many years,” said Curtis Cich, owner of Edge Bowfishing.

Forty-nine years, to be exact.

For nearly half a century, vendors have gathered annually at the DECC, flaunting the latest designs and most up–to–date trends for outdoor entertainment.

“Let people know about new products coming out this year,” said Rob Almer, salesman at Link RV.

But despite the years of tradition, there’s always fresh activities to add to the mix.

“We look at this as an opportunity to introduce people to a new sport,” Cich stated.

And one of those sports relatively new to Minnesota is bowfishing.

“We take boats like this out, which have lights on them, and the lights light up the water all the way around the boat like an aquarium,” Cich explained. “And that way, as we go along the shoreline, we’re able to actually see fish and shoot them with the bow.”

The boat, built with a special  elevated deck, provides a height advantage to better eye prey.

“Constant action, there’s always something going on when we’re on the water,” Cich added.

The key to the sport?

“Aim for where the fish are not. What we’re going to do is we’re going to come back 4 inches for every 10 feet that that fish is away from us on the side of the boat,” Cich demonstrated. “And then for every foot down the fish is, we’re going to come back 4 inches.”

Also on display will be new homes for old pastimes.

“Units like this allow you to do more, and it allows you to maintain the comforts of home but not be at home,” Almer said.

Because who doesn’t love an RV with a party deck?

“It’s totally fenced in for safety, it’s an area where you can come out of the side of the unit as opposed to always being in the back,” Almer showed FOX 21.

And vendors know, there’s no time like the present to make the family investment in camping year–round, or try out a new activity.

“With fuel prices dropping, people are really starting to head that way.” Almer stated. “They’re starting to realize that they can go camping and it’s not a huge expense.”

“Book a trip with us and go out and see the great outdoors cause we hunt the night,” Cich said.

Doors open Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will remain open through Sunday evening.

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