In Kansas City, the other "entertainment" was Twiggy, the Water Skiing Squirrel. The Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show, including boats and other gear for sportsmen, has more of a variety. Besides two other speakers on aspects of RVing and camping, there are three other entertainment/seminars. Down in the boat area, besides beautiful boats including fishing pontoons, are demonstrations on bass fishing and trophy pike fishing techniques. The demonstrator stands on an elevated platform above fishing tanks so he can show the crowd the techniques to use.
There is also a great American duck race. It takes place the same time as my talks so I've been unable to attend, but I'm told they use real mallard ducks and kids race them. I saw an excited little girl whose duck had won the race.
A real crowd pleaser is the Lumberjills Log Rolling Adventure. Four women who compete or have competed on college woodsman (woodswoman?) teams demonstrated several skills, dividing into two teams to add some excitement. As is typical, they come from all walks of life. First up was the two women crosscut. Then they demonstrated the axe throw with razor-blade sharp axes. At my angle I couldn't get a picture of both the target and woman throwing it. Whew- I would not want that axe coming at me!
The next demo was the underhand chop. In just a few short minutes, they had chopped a big triangular chunk out of one side, then turned and chopped a second out of the other. At that point, the block broke in two. And, the most interesting was the log roll. Because they were in a plastic-lined tank, they could not wear the typical spiked shoes. The log had carpet on it and they wore tennis shoes. The object, of course, is to move the log, splash your opponent, lunge toward her so she falls off before you do. Opponents cannot touch each other or cross a line, but they can change the direction that the log rolls. Hesitate and in the water you go!
Today is the last day of the Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show at the National Western Complex right off I-170 near I-25 and your last day to see all the new RVs plus other products. I'll be speaking again at 11 and 1. Plus there is always a fishing demo or cheering on the Lumberjills! See the website for a discount ticket.