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Sport show season kicks off in January around Buckeye State

Sport shows are spread around the state from January into late March on the Ohio calendar. (Photo by Dan Armitage)

Columbus — The cure for the winter blues is headed our way, and it couldn’t come at a better time for outdoors enthusiasts statewide. The Buckeye state’s annual winter sports show season gets underway Jan. 6 and continues through March 26 this year with a full calendar of expos scheduled across the state, making the 2023 season one of the longest in recent memory.

The season starts in Columbus, with the Ohio RV & Boat Show at the Ohio Expo Center Jan. 6-8 and Jan. 11-15. The expo at the state fairgrounds is primarily a sales show for RVs and boats; you can visit for details.

Overlapping the second weekend of the Columbus event is the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show, docked in new digs at the redesigned Airport IX Center, on Jan. 12-15. The Cleveland expo is produced by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (LEMTA) and offers a large selection of watercraft and related activities, vendors and seminars, including the 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough demonstration tank. Fishing programs are presented at the tank as well as at the Buckeye Sports Fishing Stage by area fishing experts and biologists. Visit for more information.

From Jan. 19-21, Thursday through Saturday, a show that is extremely popular with hunters, as well as anglers and other outdoors-types, comes to the Mt. Hope Auction Center in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country. The Northeast Ohio Sportsmen Show gets underway at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, with exhibit booths, demonstrations, and seminars practically non-stop through Saturday night when the expo ends. Visit for details.

The Cincinnati Sport Show takes over the downtown Duke Energy Convention Center Jan. 20-22 and Jan. 25-29. Everything from boats, fishing, travel, and tourism, power sports, and adventure sports will be featured in an extremely popular show now celebrating its 65th year. Visit for more information.

The Columbiana Game Club Hunting, Fishing and Gun Show takes over the Medina County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Jan. 29. To learn more, just call Joe at 440-845-6363.

Next up is the National Fishing Expo stop in Columbus, Feb. 10-12 at the Ohio Expo Center’s Bricker Building on the state fairgrounds. The all-fishing show includes boats, fishing seminars and exhibitors selling tackle, boat gear and fishing destinations. Visit for details.

Sport shows return to the Capital City March 17-19 when the Open Season Sportsman’s Expo, formerly known as the Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo, comes to the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center. The popular event in recent years has expanded to include fishing and other outdoor pursuits, but remains a must-see for Ohio hunters. To find out more, visit

Ohio’s busy sport show season ends March 25-26 with the Akron/Canton Hunting, Fishing & Outdoors Show held at the MAPS Air Museum at the Akron/Canton Airport. What’s great about this expo is that admission to the unique show venue includes entry to the museum, which features vintage aircraft, rockets, aircraft models, gear, and memorabilia inside the huge hangar, as well as historic airplanes on display outside on the tarmac. Inside, show vendors offer hunting gear, fishing tackle, fishing boats, paddlecraft, information on outdoor destinations, and hunting and fishing seminars, the latter atop the huge Hawg Trough demonstration tank tucked among vintage aircraft, where this reporter will be showing the kids how to catch fish daily. Visit for details.

Representatives of Ohio Outdoor News will be on hand at many of these events, and we hope you stop by the booth to say hello, share a story, and, if it’s that time, renew your subscription to the state’s most popular outdoor publication.

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