Chicago outdoors: First Ultimate Outdoor Show

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We have something unusual on many levels with the inaugural Ultimate Outdoor Show.

It will be Saturday and Sunday at River Road Park, just a couple miles north from exit 308 on i-57.

First thing that is different: it is outside along the banks of the Kankakee River in Kankakee.

Second, it is being held in the fall. Did I mention outside. It looks like the weather will cooperate.

Tickets are $5, five and younger get in free. Parking is free.

River guide Matt Mullady (above with his son Mick on an outing last month) is the anchor. He will present at 11:15 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. And he will otherwise be running around the show.

Chief AJ and slingbows and slingshot paintball is another major draw. He will give presentations at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday)

This is a family show paddling demos, slingshot paintball, Cabela’s kids’ casting game and archery demos, I will emcee when Mac’s Tackle high school fishing team is on stage at 10 a.m. Saturday.

There is dozens of booths (archery, dog trainers, tackle stores) and a good variety of food and drink vendors. There will be a series of concerts Saturday night.

A special booth will have artist/photographer Larry Green, founder of Humboldt Park Fishing Society. I am looking forward to spending some time chatting with Green, if he is not overrun.

That’s half the fun of shows, catching up and chatting to people.

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