I got to hold a baby bear yesterday! Pardon me for sounding like a five-year-old, but having the chance to hold and pet a baby bear was one of the main reasons I went to the International Sportsmen's Expo at the Southtowne Exposition Center. The expo started yesterday and continues through Sunday.
The bears come from Yellowstone Bear World near Rexburg, Idaho and were born in captivity about two months ago. There's a charge of $15 plus tax to hold and pet the bears, which includes a photo of the experience. You can include up to six people in the photo for $15, but only one person can hold the bear. There's also a $12 charge per adult for entrance to the expo. Discount coupons are available at all Big-O Tire locations. Children age 15 and under get in free.
Aside from the adorable baby bears, there's a lot to do and see at the expo, especially if you enjoy camping, hunting and fishing. In the children's area, kids can try real trout fishing free, and there are lots of educational exhibits. On the main floor, there are hundreds of vendors offering mainly recreational vehicles, outdoor gear and guided hunting and fishing excursions. The expo also includes fishing, hunting and survival seminars, as well as competitions like elk calling, goose calling, fly casting, dog water jumping and a Dutch oven cookoff. See the ISE website for details.
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