Straight Shot

with Frank Addington, Jr. First Shot Streak Continues at the Renfro’s

Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo
Who would have guessed that 58 years ago when Harry Renfro started a sports show that it would continue to grow to this day and reach 650,000′ of exhibition space in six big buildings at the Indiana State Fair Grounds?   This show is easily one of the country’s premier sports shows.  About 15 years ago, they added the “Indiana Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo” to the already successful Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show.  The main sports show runs ten days and the Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo runs for three of those days.  For one ticket, people can walk through the entire show.

Today Kevin Renfro, his family and staff run a great show.  I am sure Kevin’s father Harry would be proud.  Archery Hall of Fame member Ann Clark used to do her archery exhibition at this event and I think it’s always cool to follow in her footsteps at some of these older, well established shows.  There aren’t alot of the old sports show families still around… I do shows for the Halls, the Cenaikos, and the Renfros and maybe a few others.  But most of the old family shows have been purchased or no longer exist.

What impresses me about the Renfro show is the new Quiet Sports part of the show.  They have canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, tents, and basically anything without a motor relating to the outdoors.  It’s a beautiful part of the show.  I did some media in the Quiet Sports room and really enjoyed seeing all the booths.   I also admired a Canadian cabin scene complete with water and trees built in the tourism part of the show.  It was awesome.

The Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo was packed all three days.  Saturday you could barely walk the isles.  The exhibitors were all busy and everyone looked content to be at a sports show on a February afternoon.  I did two TV media interviews at the show and five exhibitions on the huge new mainstage.  They called the stage the Big Tine Hunting Seminar Stage.  It was showcased in the middle of the show floor and attracted big crowds at every show.

I had five different assistant’s at the five shows I did.  I joked with the audience that there was no way I could be a trick shooter having that many different assistants.  Saturday evening’s show felt great.   I remember the three baby aspirin shot– I hit it first try.  Then I followed that up with another first shot on the three mustard seeds/three arrows!  That was a great way to highlight a busy day.

Sunday’s show was special.  A medically retired special forces medic tossed targets for me and I hit the mustard seeds the first try again! He got my attention and announced to the audience that one of the seeds actually had a crease down it from the field point of one of my arrows!  After the show I met a special little boy who wanted to buy an arrow.  I told his father I didn’t sell my arrows but that I would give him one.  I signed an old, well worn arrow and gave it to him.  The father told me the little boy had recently had had a liver transplant and 20 surgeries.   When he left the little boy hugged me and said, “God Bless you.”   What a perfect ending to a great run of shows.

The Renfro show has always been special to me.  In 2007 Chuck Adams introduced my show.  That was the time then assistant show director Steve Garnell tossed three baby aspirin tablets into mid air and I hit them first try!  I have never done an appearance at the Renfro show without doing at least one first shot show on the baby aspirin.  I left there Sunday with that record in tact.  I look forward to getting back there around 2015.
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That’s the latest.  Next up: Shows in Ohio and New York.  Until next time, Adios and God Bless.


Shoot Straight,

Frank Addington