Something for everyone to dream about at annual Sport Rec & Trade Show in Soldotna
For the last twenty one years, the Kenai Peninsula Sport Rec and Trade Show have been giving local residents a jump start on summer dreaming and family fun. Terry and Stacie Coval, of Peninsula Marketing have coordinated the event for the last seven years and continue to focus on the fun filled environment, “It’s always a great place to run into friends you haven’t seen in a long time, for kids to catch their first trout at the popular pond sponsored by the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. and then go inside and find new camping and sporting gear for the up coming summer activities,” said Terry.
According to Coval the theme of the show this year seemed to focus on technology, “With gas prices being what they are the 4-strokes were very popular, and there was a lot of interest in solar and wind energy and new technology in fishing line. Overall the sporting goods industry just now seems to be catching up with the rest of the world in technology,” explained Coval. Attendance seemed to be about average this year with the exception of an increased number of out of town visitors, “It may have been due to the clam tides luring a lot of people down from Anchorage but it was a great chance to greet out of town visitors and showcase many of the attractions that they’ll want to return for this summer,” said Coval.
The increased popularity of extreme sporting and hunting adventures was apparent at the “Xtreme Wildlife” magazine booth. Xtreme Wildlife is an Alaskan owned national publication with nearly 5,000 subscribers that was started in Kenai, by Editor Scott Holmes, “I started working the idea about 10 years ago and then put it in play in 2003 and it’s been going pretty good,” said Holmes. The magazine features young women partaking in extreme hunting and fishing adventures including alligator hunting, “It’s not just about girls doing extreme sports, we do have a lot of that but basically if it’s happening anywhere around the world from hippo hunts in Africa to moose hunts on the Kenai we’ll feature it as long as it has been a legal hunt and taken fairly,” added Holmes.
Katie Cunningham, a life long Alaskan, was at the Sports Show and is a model for Xtreme Sports, “I take on whatever challenge Xtreme will give me, in November I took a goat at 300 yards and a buck at 200 yards. It was an exhilarating rush and I just love hunting and fishing for Xtreme Wildlife,” said the 26-year-old. “It’s awesome to have a publication that shows what beautiful women are doing outside of fashion and shopping. Women are having a lot of fun hunting big game, trophy fishing and alligator hunting; we’re competing very well in the traditional male activities. Personally I’d rather go hunting or fishing than shopping any day,” said Cunningham. Xtreme Wildlife offices are located next to the Salvation Army in Kenai on the Spur Highway, for more information call 283-3817, or log on to www.xtremewildlife.com .
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