Children work together to land a rainbow trout at the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec & Trade Show on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Children work together to land a rainbow trout at the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec & Trade Show on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Sport show returns next weekend

The 37th Annual Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec & Trade Show will be held next weekend, Friday to Sunday, May 3 to 5, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Kelly Martin, an organizer and chief executive officer for the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors, said Monday that the event has grown each year. This year, the show will feature an expanded offering for kids and families beyond the traditional fishing pond and horse rides.

They’ll have a space for archery hosted by Kenai Peninsula Archers and a new “Family Fun Zone” in the center’s side conference rooms, hosted by Connections Homeschool with activities put on by the Boy Scouts and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Of course, in addition to the new fun is the classic “summer kickoff” that people have come to expect, Martin said. That means a broad offering intended to offer “something for everybody, of all ages.”

Martin said the event is an opportunity to ready for the oncoming summer months. There will be over 100 vendors selling gear, vehicles, making reservations for fishing trips and offering activities.

Also returning is the trout fishing pond hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association and the Alaska Made exhibit in the upstairs walkway of the center with local craftspeople.

To provide extra parking, CARTS will host a free shuttle service from the parking lot at the Soldotna Little League Ballpark.

The first evening of the event, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, will be a special opening night where admission comes with included food and drink and vendors will offer other opening night specials.

Saturday, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit kenaisportshow.com or find “Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec & Trade Show” on Facebook.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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