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Find newest in hunting and fishing at Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is at the State Fairgrounds this weekend.
The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is at the State Fairgrounds this weekend. Provided photograph

Whether you hunt for your groceries or just enjoy the great outdoors, make plans to visit the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, which kicks off its three-day run at the State Fairgrounds on Friday, March 27.

The show is huge – organizers say the more than 300 vendors take up every bit of space in every building and the surrounding outdoor exhibition areas – and is surprisingly varied in its offerings. You can inspect huge dream boats as well as small craft better suited to hiding from the crafty bass that lurk in area lakes; check out all the latest hunting and fishing equipment, set your sights through new scopes and, hopefully, discover camo gear and odor eliminator that will make you invisible to prey.

There also are free seminars each day, with topics ranging from trapping problem animals like coyotes, tips for first-time hunters and how to film a hunt. A dedicated area for children is stocked with a fishing pond, archery setup, corn hole games and a sand pit where they can dig for shells, fossils and sharks’ teeth.

Come hungry – the food court will be offering a variety of fair favorites – corn dogs, deep fried candy bars, burgers – supplemented with game-centric fare like frog legs and alligator.

The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic supports the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund. The show begins at noon on Friday, March 27. Enter the gate anytime on Friday, and you’ll be eligible to win one of two guns being given away that day.

For more information, including a list of celebrity special guests, visit pscclassic.com

Katie McElveen, Special to The State