Southeast Michigan’s oldest outdoors show, Outdoorama, returns to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi from Feb. 24-27.
Starting in 1973 at the Michigan State Fairgrounds, Outdoorama marks its 48th edition in 2022 educating and entertaining individuals and families.
“Outdoorama has withstood the test of time and continues to attract tens of thousands of sportsmen and sportswomen from across southeastern Michigan each year — a testament to our deep outdoors traditions and conservation heritage,” says Ben Nielsen, show manager. “The excitement about Outdoorama begins each year just after the holidays and continues to grow right up until the doors open and the show begins.”
Returning to Outdoorama this year is the Timberworks Lumberjack Show. These lumberjack world championship competitors use the same skills used in logging camps in the 1900s to provide audiences with entertaining dialog and head-to-head competition in skills including log rolling, pole climbing, ax throwing, crosscut sawing, and more.
The Timberworks Lumberjacks have appeared on numerous television shows including ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” and “Fox and Friends.”
Other Outdoorama features include Big Buck Night East (Thursday only), free trophy scoring by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, and an antique and classic fishing tackle display. Patrons are encouraged to bring their deer, bear, elk, and turkey trophies to the show and have them scored for free by CBM. Once scored, the owners can share their trophies with show patrons by hanging them on the Outdoorama Buck Board.
In turn, Outdoorama’s Outfitter Alley features dozens of lodges, outfitters, guides, and charter boat captains. The show also offers a full slate of marine equipment.
Other activities featured at this event include a trout pond stocked with rainbow trout, a video fishing simulator, a pellet shooting range, Fly Tiers Corner, a locked antler display, and the Sportsman’s Hog Roast with fresh barbecue sandwiches.
Dozens of sport clubs and conservation organizations, many of which are Michigan United Conservation Clubs affiliates, will staff booths with volunteers to hand out literature and explain club programs. Birds of prey and other animals, and birds native to Michigan, will be on display by the Howell Nature Center and the Michigan Hawking Club.
Educational deer hunting seminars will be offered by deer hunting experts Tom Richardson and Tim Andrus, and food plot specialist Tony LaPratt. Walleye fishing experts Mark Martin and Mark Romanack, bass fishing professionals Joe Thomas and Wayne Carpenter, Great Lakes captain Jake Romanack, Lake St. Clair hunting and fishing expert Joel Piatek, and others join the lineup of seminar speakers.
The first 250 attendees on Thursday and Friday receive a free, collectible Dardevle spoon from Eppinger Manufacturing Co. in Dearborn. The first 250 attendees on Saturday and Sunday will receive a K&E Bass Stopper lure from Stopper Lures in Hastings.
In addition, the 15th Annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show runs concurrently at Suburban Collection Showplace. Patrons to either event receive free crossover admission.
Admission is $12 adult, $5 for children ages 6 to 14, and children 5 and under will be admitted free. On-site parking is $5. Show hours are Thursday, 1-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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