Grays Harbor Outdoor Adventure & Travel Expo
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ELMA — The Third Annual Grays Harbor Outdoor and Adventure show is coming to the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds this weekend and is projected to be one fun-filled event. Running April 20-21, the Exposition will feature several popular TV personalities like Edgar Hansen and Nick Mavar Jr. from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” Additionally, from Root Sports, Glenn Hall of “Hawg Quest” and Aberdeen’s “Horns and Hooks TV” will be on hand. From the “Bone Collector” series, Nick Mundt is scheduled to appear and “The Great Bear Show” featuring five live black bears will have three performances daily.
“On Saturday, we have Bone Collector Nick Mundt scheduled at a special booth from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday the same area will be hosted by Edgar Hansen and Nick Mavar Jr. from the Deadliest Catch, said Rod Easton Grays Harbor Fair and Events Supervisor. Celeberity booths will have merchindise available in the way of hats and t-shirts and be avaiable for autographs and pictures durng their time at the event.
“This will be our third year at the Outdoor Expo,” said Glenn Hall of Hawg Quest, “We have been here from the start. I will be at the booth through the entire event, unless I am hosting a seminar.” Hall is scheduled to speak on steelhead on Saturday and King and Coho salmon on Sunday. Hall will have plenty of Hawg Quest gear for sale and be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. “We will have a 20 foot Wooldridge Alaskan XL2 sled boat for sale as well,” said Hall.
Based out of Roseburg, Oregon, Hall and his crew travel from Alaska to Oregon tracking their fishing adventures on his Hawg Quest Fishing show. Hall, a lifelong avid fisherman, started airing his fishing adventures in 2004, and keeps growing in popularity.
“I enjoy coming back to the Expo, having grown up in the Tacoma area, its like a homecoming for me,” said Hall.
Hansen is the deck boss of The Northwestern — one of the featured vessels on the “Deadliest Catch” — and younger brother of Capt. Sig Hansen. Edgar is a hard-working and conscientious taskmaster who expects his crew to act likewise. He began fishing at age 18 and came into his own after only a few seasons.
To this day, Sig considers his brother to be one of the most talented fishermen on deck. Not only does he keep the crew well fed under the most trying conditions, he’s even been known to whip up a gourmet meal in short order. Over the past few years, he has also assumed the role of the boat’s chief engineer, which means he is responsible for both the main and auxiliary engines, the hydraulic and fuel systems, as well as the seawater pumps.
Mavar has been a crewmember on The Northwestern for six years but in the summer he returns to Bristol Bay as captain of his family’s salmon boat, the Miss Colleen. According to the network, Mavar is known as one of the most mild-mannered fishermen on the Bering Sea. He rarely loses his temper, even though there are many incidents where others lose control. Like many fishermen with close families, he finds it tough to spend so much time at sea away from his wife and small children.
Coinciding with the Expo is the season premier of the Discovery Channel’s hit reality series, “Deadliest Catch.”
The family event will hold many offerings for the true enthusiasts to the kid in all of us. Cabela will host a kids fishing pond to test their skills. Northwest Record Head Mounts will be on display and special prizes of a free rod and reel combo for the first ten kids through the door each day, additional door prizes will be presented hourly through the event.
“Many local businesses throughout the county are highly involved in outdoor tourism,” said Mike Bruner, Director of Grays Harbor Fairgrounds and Tourism. “Along with fishing guides and lodging providers, a range of vendors are involved in our annual Expo. This is a chance for outdoor enthusiasts to learn what is available in our county.”
New this year will be the Horns and Hooks Outdoor Magazine and TV, “Horns and Antlers Competition,” where attendees can have their trophies scored and compete for prizes. Also new will be the vendor appreciation banquet Saturday night that featuring live music by the popular local band, “Humptulips.” Paid attendees over the age of 21 are invited to attend the banquet.
Expo tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for youths aged 6 -13, with children 5 and under free. Hours are: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.