Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show Opens March 13

Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows, producer of the Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show, says this year's event will feature 75 manufacturers displaying marine products and accessories valued at over 20 million dollars. The event will run from March 13 to 16 at the Expo Centre, Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta.

CNSS says boating enthusiasts will be pleased to find an assortment of cruisers, powerboats and sailboats on display.

Event attractions around the show will once again include The Fishin' Hole, which will host its 35 Hour Savings ‘Fishtacular,' featuring new fishing gear and outdoor other products.

"Our feature presenters have always been a big draw for those that want to learn from the pros and this year we have added some new feature presenters to the mix that are both entertaining and educational,' says Laurie Paetz, Alberta Show Manager. "They include the chance to meet Jim Shockey of ‘Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures' and ‘The Professionals.''

Paetz says visitors can also watch a chainsaw wood carving demonstration by Jack McEntire. ‘Chainsaw Jack,' presented by Husqvarna, will sculpt one-of-a-kind pieces out of Canadian Poplar wood. The pieces will take shape throughout the course of the Show, and the finished products will be donated or auctioned off with all the proceeds going to local conservation and preservation groups in Alberta.

The feature presenters appearing at the 2014 Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show include:

Brad Fenson is an outdoor writer and photographer. His columns and photographs have appeared in over 65 North American publications and have netted him 45 national communication awards. During his fishing and hunting adventures Fenson spends time field testing some of the latest and most advanced gear coming on the market, and experiments with new techniques and strategies.

Claudio Ongaro is an accomplished outfitter, outdoorsman and writer. He has competed as Walleye tournament angler and holds several high-place finishes. For over 20 years Ongaro has held field staff status with Shimano. In 2011 Cabela's selected Ongaro as Canada's second ever Pro Staff.

Cody Robbins has been a hunter since the age of 16. Robbins filmed for Jim Shockey earning him numerous awards such as the Golden Moose Award for ‘Best Camera Work' and the Outdoor Writers of Canada Award for ‘Best Television Show' for his camera work and editing.

Jim Shockey is an award-winning outdoor writer, wildlife photographer/videographer, wilderness guide and outfitter. His personal hunting experiences include travel to the remotest, wildest and most beautiful reaches of North America.

As co-host of Outdoor Quest TV, Richard Mellon hunted and fished as a child in Northern Alberta where he grew up. Mellon writes monthly columns and feature articles for some major outdoor magazines.

Canadian outdoor writer, TJ Schwanky contributes to several publications including Alberta Outdoorsmen, Western Sportsman and The Outdoor Edge. He is the author of ‘Walleye Across the West' and had a very successful career as a tournament Walleye angler. He is also the co-host of Outdoor Quest TV.

In addition to the guest speakers, the show will also feature the Trigger X Kids Fishing Pond, Alberta Birds of Prey presentation, the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association exhibits and the Adventure Travel and Tourism area.

For more information on the show visit www.sportshows.ca or its Facebook page