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January 23, 2014

Falls hosting Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo this weekend

Night & Day — Casting about for something to do this weekend? The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo will be held Friday through Sunday inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.

Attendees can learn from the pros as Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek, co-founders of Bass University, head two panel discussions throughout the weekend. The Bass University Pro Angler Panel discussions will be featured on the Main Stage and are free with expo admission. Tickets are $8 or $24 for a family of four.

For hunting enthusiasts, the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo features one of the nation’s most instinctive archers in Frank “The Aspirin Buster” Addington, Jr., who has been shooting a bow and arrow since the age of four and on stage since he was 18 performing what some in the media have dubbed “an amazing array of bow and arrow razzle dazzle.”  

Addington’s exhibitions feature several one-of-a-kind shots, which hit aerial targets as small as baby aspirin shot from mid air from behind his back and earned him his nickname.

Addington is believed to be the first archer in the world to hit a baby aspirin from mid-air from behind his back.

“Accuracy with a bow is pretty simple when you shoot instinctively,” said Addington.  “It’s all about target acquisition--seeing the target, drawing the bow and then firing.  I illustrate it with my unique style of holding my bow behind the back.”

The Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will also be on hand to host a meet-and-greet session with this year’s Salmon School instructors, Dan Keating, a 30-year charter captain, tournament angler and author; as well as Dave Mull, award-winning journalist, photographer and contributor to Great Lakes Angler Magazine. It will be held inside the “Man Cave” featured on the expo’s main floor on Friday evening. The “Man Cave” also features comfort food and beverage concessions for purchase as well as sporting events being shown on a giant screen throughout the weekend.

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