'Duck Dynasty's' Martin will be in LC on Saturday

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Outdoorsmen will get a chance to see

the latest recreational vehicles and sporting equipment — as well as pick

up some tips from

the pros and meet a television star — at the Central Gulf Coast

Boat, Sport & RV Show this weekend at the Lake

Charles Civic Center.

The show will feature more than 99 brands of recreational vehicles and 50 brands of boats, and Justin Martin, a star of the television

series “Duck Dynasty,” will be available for a meet and greet on Saturday.

“It is an exciting event, it is great for all those that attend because there is so much to see,” said Bart Caple of show

organizers BAC Productions.

“In addition to all of the products, we

will have a rainbow trout pond, a rare opportunity for kids to go

rainbow trout fishing,

which is impossible to do down here since it is a cold-water fish.

We have the world’s mobile aquarium from Basstubs of Oklahoma,

it holds 5,000 gallons of water and will be stocked with bass.

It has glass walls so the fisherman can see how the lures work. They can see the bass strike the lures. There will be clinics

given every day by Chuck Devereaux, who is nationally known.

“We will have what is known as the King’s Collection, which features 16 of the largest white tail deer ever on display. That

should be interesting for the deer hunters.

On Saturday, Martin will appear 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Caple said the first day is geared towards the family.

“All children ages 15 and under that are accompanied by an adult will get in free,” he said. “Children 12 and under will be

able to fish for free at the trout pound.”

Caple said the show will  appeal to a wide range of people and will have a wide selection of goods to choose from.

“Anyone who likes outdoors will have a good time, they can come see what is available, what is new and maybe get a great deal

on a boat or RV because all these brands are competing for business,” he said.

“We will have RVs from the entire

spectrum, ranging from $15,000 all the way up to $500,000. We will have

the Class A, those

are the big ones. Class B are the smaller ones. We will have Class

C, the opens with the cab over that are easier to drive.

“We’ve got travel trailers that you two behind your vehicle, those are super lightweight now, and can be pulled with 6-cylinder

car now. Winnebago came out with travel trailers and this will be one of first places they debut a fifth wheel. They have

gotten into the towable part of the industry. The nice thing about RVs is that it is like having your own house, but being

able to take it where you want. There are over a million people in the U.S. that are full-time RVers.

“On the marine side, we will have more than 50 brands, and a lot of boats that can be bought for under $250 a month. You can

get a nice one for that price. Down here we are blessed with nice weather year-round, boating is a big deal.”

The show will be noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults.

For more information, call 436-4355 or visit CentralGulfCoastBoatRVShow.com.