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Frye: Lineup set for outdoor show

| Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, 5:58 p.m.

It's not often in a career that you get to type the words “outdoor show” and “Speedo” in the same sentence.

But here we are.

The connection is that Eric “Showtime” Young is one of the celebrities coming to the 29th annual Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show, which is scheduled for Feb. 12 to 16 at the Monroeville Convention Center.

If you don't know, Young is a professional wrestler and amateur, if enthusiastic, outdoorsman, the host of the Animal Planet TV show “Off the Hook: Extreme Catches.”

And extreme it is. He's fished for sharks from a paddleboard, done underwater spear fishing and squid jigging, and chased snakesheads.

Oh, and he often does it all in the same Speedos he wears in the ring.

Young was not available to talk this week. He recently underwent throat surgery. But he'll share his experiences at the show on Feb. 15.

A variety of other speakers, some new, some familiar, will appear, too.

Travis “T-Bone” Turner, co-host of Michael Waddell's “Bone Collector” TV show, will speak twice each day on Feb. 12 and 13, offering archery hunting tips and techniques. The Wild World of Animals will be back, as will the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's own Denny Tubbs. He'll showcase how to make your own bass lures.

Handgun owners can take a concealed carry class, and there will be seminars on dog training, steelhead and bass fishing, with one of the latter led by Jonathan Coholich, the Allison Park native and LaRoche College student who's been fishing the FLW College Fishing tour.

The Fish and Boat Commission again will give away lifejackets to children weighing between 40 and 90 pounds. Parents can register their kids starting at noon each day on Feb. 15 and 16. The first 50 on the list have to attend a 15-minute safety talk but get a lifejacket in return.

A complete seminar schedule can be found at

Show hours are from 3 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13; noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 14; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 15; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16. Admission is $10 for adults, though discount coupons worth $2 off are available at McDonald's restaurants. Children 12 and younger get in free.

Veterans who present valid Veterans ID or discharge papers will be admitted free from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Boy Scouts who show up in uniform get in free every day.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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