Features at a Glance

Special Appearances by Chris and Cody Korell from truTV’s Way Out West

Chris, The Korell Family-Hailing from Garden Valley, Idaho, Christopher James Korell – like his brother Cody – was born and raised to be an outfitter. With 20 years of experience under his belt and a burning desire to be the best, Chris strives to give each of his clients an exciting and rewarding outfitting experience. In his free time, Chris can be found watching football, which he used to play in high school, or spending time with his wife, Randi, and two kids, Sydnee and Lafe.

 Cody, The Korell Family-Cody Joe Korell was born and raised in Garden Valley, Idaho, where he and his older brother Chris were destined to become outfitters. He has been outfitting for 13 years and has loved every minute of it. Outfitting isn't the only thing that keeps Cody busy, however. He's a young father of two adorable boys, Nessen and Layden. Despite his rough exterior, Cody is a surprisingly excellent dancer and also enjoys playing the guitar. He also loves to spend his free time outdoors with his sons and wife of seven years, Dali.

About the Show-Set in the beautiful, majestic mountains of Idaho, Way Out West follows the lives and adventures of the Youren, Bullock, and Korell families, rival outfitters who take clients deep inside the country's last great wilderness for tracking, fishing, rafting, horse riding, and camping trips. Watch the families' friendly competitions to lead the best excursions, survive family shenanigans, and enjoy unique local traditions. And in case all the rugged work they do wasn't tough enough, members of these families are also raising kids and looking for love in the last remnants of the Wild West.

Chris and Cody will be at the show Friday, March 6th appearing from 3 pm to 5pm and again from 7 pm to 9 pm, and Saturday, March 7th from 11 am-1pm, 3pm-5pm and again from 6pm-8pm.  Don’t miss your chance to meet them!


New! Progressive® Insurance Boat School

An educated boater is a safe boater Boost your boating IQ! Learn the fundamentals of boating safety and have fun. Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to lead an array of interactive “courses” including general boating safety seminars, proper docking procedures, a boating simulator experience, and tips and tricks to help ensure your safety on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!

  • Gateway to Boating Get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit the boating lifestyle you choose.
  • Watersports Safety Seminar Gain the know-how you need to keep everyone on your boat —and on the water—safe, and ensure every outing is fun and enjoyable.
  • iNavigation: Learn how to use the resources available to modern boaters—from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics, to tablets such as the Apple iPad® to stay safe and have fun on the water.
  • Boat Systems: Learn how to manage your boats systems from stem to stern.
  • Docking & Line Handling: Does docking cause you stress? Let us “show you the ropes” with tricks, and techniques that can make docking easy.
  • 10 Steps to Becoming a Good Gilligan: Even on a three-hour tour, a good first mate is key to a great day on the water. This sessions covers the skills you need as a first mate.

Stop by the Progressive® Insurance Welcome Center or Progressive Insurance Boat School for more information.


Anchors & Ales Local Craft Brew Sampling

Friday, March 6th, 5pm–10pm

Need something new and different for date night?  Head to the show for a fun filled night sampling local craft beers. Tickets are $12.00 each with a paid adult admission at the show (one ticket per person).  You can also buy a ticket online for $24.00 which includes your admission to the show and entry to Anchors & Ales. Anchors & Ales ticket price includes limited edition sampling glass and 10 tasting tickets.  Check out the brewers that will be attending.

4 Hands Brewing Co.: Chocolate Milk Stout Our Chocolate Milk Stout pours black as the night sky with aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate malt, and more chocolate. With a firm tan head and a rich velvety mouthfeel our Chocolate Milk Stout is a perfect complement to the change of seasons.

Six Row Brewing Co.: Arch Nemesis: Bold and satisfying, this Imperial Black India Pale Ale is a dark and devouring brew made with a touch of darkly roasted malt to give it the distinctive ebony color. The rich malt base is then bombarded with bountiful amounts of American hops lending bitterness along with citrus flavor and aroma.

Cathedral Square Brewery: White Ale: This traditional White Ale is faithful to the Belgian style with its light body, cloudy color and touch of spice. A complex, refreshing ale that’s perfect for any season.

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.: Blackberry Wheat: A uniquely light and refreshing fruit beer with a crisp, clean flavor. It is an easy drinking slightly sweet beer that is yellow in color

Charleville Brewing Co.: Half Wit Wheat Ale: A cross between an American Wheat and a Belgian Wit, this refreshing ale is made with white wheat, ground corriander, and fresh whole oranges!

O’Fallon Brewing Co: 5 Day IPA: We dry-hop this American Style India Pale Ale with seven grains and four domestic hop varieties by adding dry whole hops to the finishing tank so the beer rests "on top" of the hops for five extra days! Malty sweetness up front with big cascade and glacier hops in the finish -- a wonderfully drinkable IPA!

Schlafly: Kölsch: Our Kölsch is a classic golden ale that uses a centuries old yeast strain sourced from a famous Kölsch brewer in Köln, Germany. Fermented at 63 degrees, then cold conditioned, it has the delicate fruity aroma of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager.

You won’t want to miss this exciting event!

Back by Popular Demand! Marine Electronics University

Sponsored by Lowrance and Tri-State Trolling Motor

Explore the latest in marine electronics technology from Lowrance! Learn by doing as an expert from Lowrance leads hands-on workshops using Lowrance HDS GEN3 Touch units. Sessions will cover all the basics and more—with instruction on everything from routine setup and product use to news about leading technologies such as CHIRP sonar and Insight Genesis Mapping. You’ll also hear about newly released products. Whether you’re a techno-novice or expert, you’re sure to learn something new.

(Class size is limited. Registration at the show will be on a space-available basis only. Visit the Show Office in Room 120 to check availability. On-site registration does not include show admission.)  

Wednesday, March 4th -- 5pm & 7pm
Thursday, March 5th —5pm & 7pm
Friday, March 6th— 1pm, 5pm & 7pm
Saturday, March 7th— 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 6pm
Sunday, March 8th—Noon & 2pm

Register today! CLICK HERE

 The USA Swimming Foundation presents "The Family that Swims Together, Stays Together"

This is a fantastic seminar on the importance of learning to swim and the best places to take lessons.  The seminar will be held:

  • Friday, March 6th at 6 pm and again at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 7th at 11 am, 1 pm and again at 3 pm

You won't want to miss this seminar, keep your family safe on the water and "Stay Together".

Booth 5330

Don't miss expert huntress Synthia Wilson!

Synthia will be presenting seminars on the art of whitetail hunting on Saturday and Sunday.  Check the seminar schedule for times and location.

Wildlife Command Center Wild Birds Interactive Display

The Wildlife Command Center will present a display of owls, hawks, and falcons for interactive family entertainment.  There will also be "Hawk Talks" about Missouri Wildlife and Conservation.  Pictures can be taken with the birds as a souvenir of your day at the show.


New Jakes Event—Sponsored by the St. Louis Longbeards and National Wild Turkey Federation

Saturday, March 7, Noon–5:00 pm

The St. Louis Longbeards and National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a Jake Event for children featuring a BB Gun range and 3-D Archery Range.

Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center 

DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.

Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics.

  • Watch certified marine technician and expert wrench slinger “Fred” demo tools and techniques on actual boat and motor cutaways.
  • Learn how to maintain, repair or upgrade our boat or motor.
  • Take part in discussions, ask questions and participate in hands-on-clinics.

Together, “The Boating Guy,” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor,” bring more than 50 years of boating and “wrench-slinging” experience to the Shed.

Click here for complete schedule


Try Scuba—Be a Diver Pool

Try scuba in a heated pool! During the past 8 years tens of thousands of people have been intruduced to scuba diving at a DEMA “Be a Diver Pool”. Now it’s your turn! Anyone age 10 and older can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of a tropically warm pool. Bring your swim suit—we will supply all the scuba gear! It's a great way to try scuba diving and test some of the latest scuba equipment. You can also have a photo of yourself taken underwater as a keepsake of your "diving adventure."

Outdoor Cooking Classroom—Catching, Preparing and Cooking Asian Carp

Don't miss Quinton Phelps with the Missouri Department of Conservation as he gives tips on how to prepare this invasive fish.  Taste a sample and see how you can help control this tasty nusance fish.

Check out the seminars schedule page for performance times and dates.


Antique & Classic Boat Display

If you're a fan of classic boats, or simply appreciate the chance to see a bit of history up close, be sure to visit this exhibit. Step back in time to admire the craftsmanship and beauty of vintage craft presented by the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society of America.

Check out these great links...

Antique & Classic Boat Society

Mississippi Valley Chapter

Boating & Outdoor Classroom Series

Get tips and advice from the area’s top pros! Improve your skills, learn new techniques and more to make the most of your time on the water at informative daily sessions.

PLUS—You won't want to miss expert huntress Synthia Wilson, fishing pro Tommy Skarlis and many others. This is great stuff!  

Check out the Boat & Outdoor Classroom Schedule

Paddlers' Party Cove! 

Booth #4123

See the latest in paddle sports equipment, live demonstrations and try your paddling skills


RiverBills’ Night—Thursday, March 5

$3 off admission when you buy advance tickets online. Click Here

Meet the RiverBills Girls & get a FREE RiverBills’ Cooler Cup (while supplies last)—The RiverBills Girls will be at the show entrance to greet visitors, pass out cups and pose for pictures.

Captain’s Lounge, Room 255—Open for RiverBills Night
Relax, sip a cold drink, meet your boating friends and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire show.

Free Shuttle Service, sponsored by RiverBills.com—Shuttle vans will run to and from Laclede’s Landing parking lots all evening. Get details

See the ALL-NEW Miss GEICO Racing Boat

The six-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to introduce the newest and latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat.

The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/kevlar. At approximately 11,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor and is equal in length. She has a 12-ft. beam, which is 6" wider than the former boat; the extra width will allow her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed.

Powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines, she currently has a top speed of 170mph. Off-season plans include replacing these engines with a set of 1500 HP piston racing engines which will enable Miss GEICO to reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!

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Turkey Calling and Owl Hooting Workshop/Contest

2015 Mid America Open

Wild Turkey & Owl Hooting Championship—Saturday, March 7, Room 123

Wild Turkey Hunting Seminar starts at 1:00 pm with Ralph Duren

  • Mid America Open check in from 1:30pm–2:30 pm
  • Contest starts after seminar (approximately 3 pm)
  • $1,500 payout to First Place in Turkey Calling
  • Payout amounts for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place will depend upon the number of Turkey Callers.
  • 60/40 Split for the Owl Hooters

For more information contact Norb Geniec at ngeniec@yahoo.com or call 314.575.2988 or Mitch Norris 314.496.4180

Pre-Registration Deadline is February 22, 2015 for mailing.  Registration may also be done on site.

Sponsored by Cabela's, Mossy Oak and Winchester Ammo

Texas Bass Tank

Get a whole new perspective on fishing—from the viewpoint of the fish! This 12-foot tall, 40-foot long mobile glass aquarium is stocked with native fish so you can watch fish react to and even strike different lures during professional casting demonstrations held daily throughout the show! Presented by Berkley.

FREE Fishing for Kids at Becky Thatcher Trout Pond

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. It's all free and available every day of the show.

Captain Tim and the Gypsy Rose III Landship

ARGH! Dare to climb aboard to join Captain Tim and his crew of pirate scallywags for a "high seas adventure"—sing pirate sea shanties, skirmish with swords and even fire a canon. Plan to take a few shots as well— everyone will be able to take photos aboard the Gypsy Rose III as a souvenir of their pirate adventure.

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