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Wednesday 11 May 2011

Townsville Fishing and Outdoor Expo

Our 16th Annual Event since 1995.

Townsville's annual Fishing and Outdoor Expo will again be held at the Townsville Turf Club at Cluden on the weekend of May 28th and 29th.

This annual Mecca for boaties, fishers and lovers of the great outdoors has now become the largest fishing, boating and outdoor recreation expo in north Queensland.

Townsville Sportfishing Club President Morry Suffield said that the strong support of local boat dealers who have supported the show wholeheartedly for the past three years has been the catalyst for the growth of the show, and over the past few years the growing numbers of camper vans, motor homes and camper trailers has seen demand for space at the show grow to the seams.

"The display of hundreds of boats at our show has been our strength and while again we will have a fantastic range of boats, this year we are looking to expand the outdoor focus to 4WD's, motor bikes, and jet skis. If it's built for outdoors and you can have fun on it... it will be at our event in May" Mr Suffield said.

While post Yasi rebuilding and the tough economic climate have put a frown on most north Queensland faces, the take up of exhibition space at this years Fishing and Outdoor Expo has been outstanding and organisers are forecasting a record number of displays in the even's 16th year.

"Fishing and outdoor pursuits are really some of the cheapest forms of family entertainment and no matter how tight the budget is, wetting a line with the kids or mates is still a popular pastime and the growing number of recreational fishers is proof of that" Mr Suffield said.

"We are all over the rain, the cyclone and the big wet. Now its time to think about our great outdoors lifestyle and get out and enjoy what north Queensland has to offer."

As part of the rebranding of North Queensland as being "open for business", Mr Suffield said that there would be a number of regional tourism displays at the show, selling the message that despite the cyclone and the wet, places like the Cassowary Coast, the Whitsundays and all the regions in between are great places for locals to have a cost effective holiday.

This year's event will see as many as twenty new exhibitors with expanded display sites being created to cater for demand.

The event at Cluden Racecourse now draws 10 000 fishing, boating and outdoor enthusiasts each year. Attractions this year will include the very popular Yamaha Super Tank and the Sportfishing Club will again be manning its club display and giving talks on rigging lures, throwing a cast net, targeting specific species of fish and other interesting topics.

The 16th annual Townsville Fishing and Outdoor Expo will be held at the Cluden Park Racecourse on May 28th & 29th from 8.00am - 5.00pm Saturday, and 8.00am to 4.00pm Sunday. Admission: Adults $10, Children U14 - free.

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