Steelheaders' show promises plenty for entire family
Written by The Flint Journal   
Thursday, 02 March 2006 12:52
 Families are the focus of the 2006 Flint River Valley Steelheaders Boat, Sport and Fishing Show, Frilday-Sunday at the Birch Run Expo Center, just off exit 136 of I-75. Angling enthusiasts can sign up for a wide array of salmon, walleye and bass fishing seminars with the experts.

There'll be plenty of hands-on activities for everyone else in the family, too: Fish for live trout at the indoor trout pond, test your skills on the Steelheaders Fishing Simulator or hook up a carabiner and scale the indoor climbing wall.

More than 100 vendors will be on hand to offer the latest in rods and reels, electronics and accessories at special show prices, plus all the latest models in bass boats, pontoons, runabouts, drift boats and more. Fishing tackle for bass, muskie, pike, walleye and pan fish also will be available.

A unique family feature this year will be the Masonic MiChip Child Identification Program. All children attending the show with a parent or guardian will be able to go through the free identification program designed to aid authorities in the recovery of missing children.

Kids will spend about 15 minutes while MiChip technicians collect dental imprints, photographs with physical description, fingerprints and other information. The completed identification kits are then given to the parents to take home for safekeeping. No records are kept by MiChip except for signed consent forms.

With about 400 members, the Flint River Valley Steelheaders is the largest chapter of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen's Association. Besides working to develop and conserve Great Lakes fishing, the group sponsors tournaments and other events to promote the sport and raise funds for a variety of community programs, including a yearly scholarship program.

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