Let the games continue: Game Fair, Part 2, scheduled this weekend (video)

Game Fair will likely draw a bustling crowd again this weekend during the second part of the annual back-to-back-weekend event. (Photos and video by Brian Peterson)

Not able to take in everything last weekend at Game Fair? Or maybe you weren’t able to get out to the annual all-things-game-and-more gathering.

No worries – the too-big-for-one-weekend event at Armstrong Ranch Kennels near Anoka continues this weekend, starting up again Friday, Aug. 18 and then concluding Sunday, Aug. 20. Like the first weekend, hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

The 80-acre venue of woods and water just outside the Twin Cities is jam-packed with activity, with dozens of vendors and exhibits and game-related activities (non-game, too).

Jeff Fredrick again will talk turkey hunting and calling at 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday at the Outdoor News seminar tent.

Seminars are ongoing throughout at five sites, with most of them running all six days of Game Fair. A highlight of the seminar schedule is “The Farm Bill and Conservation in MN” – it’s scheduled just once each weekend, again set for 1 p.m. Saturday during Weekend 2 at the Outdoor News seminar tent, with conversation on the all-important Farm Bill and its impact on conservation in the state. For a complete schedule of seminars, go to www.gamefair.com/seminarschedule.html.

Activities for the kids are many at Game Fair.

As in Weekend 1, Game Fair-goers are encouraged to bring their dogs (leashed) and their guns or bows (cased). There are numerous activities for dogs, everything from dock-jumping to retrieving and timed field contests (for dog registration form, go to www.gamefair.com/dogregistration.html).

Family-oriented events are many, too, with numerous activities for children, including slingshot, air rifle and archery shoots. Go to www.gamefair.com/visitorinfo.html for more information.

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