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It always happens around this time of year. There you are, wrench in hand, fussing over that ancient snowblower and hoping you can get the blasted thing to last just a few more weeks. Just a few more weeks, you think, oh please don't let me strip this nut, just a few more weeks and I can put this old beast away for another season, I wonder how the walleye fishing is going to be this year &and of course you do strip the nut, but by this time it doesn't matter because you are lost in a hazy daydream of warmer times and more congenial climes to come.
Might as well indulge that dream while you shovel by hand for the next few weeks. Visit one of the following trade shows to feed your fantasy:
41st Annual Original Milwaukee RV & Camper Show
If your days of pitching a pup tent are over, check out the latest in recreational vehicles -- pop-up campers, truck campers, travel trailers, fifth wheels and motor homes. More than 100 exhibitors from all around Wisconsin will have RVs on display. You can pick up vacation destination ideas, compare travel notes with other outdoor enthusiasts, find spare parts and try out new gadgets for your home away from home.
16th Annual Milwaukee Boat Show
Already in Milwaukee for the RV Show? Go all the way and stop in at the Boat Show, too. See more than 300 boats, from small fishing boats and personal watercraft to cruisers and motor yachts, ski and bass boats, pontoon boats, runabouts, deckboats – if it floats, it will be there. Be sure to attend the boating safety seminars and learn how to read the skies and prepare for foul weather from experts at the National Weather Service.
19th Annual Madison Fishing Expo
This is the year to toss those rusty lures and spruce up your tackle box with new offerings from leading manufacturers and local dealers. Get free fishing advice from Great Lakes, muskie, smallmouth bass and walleye experts. Join a seminar on introducing the joys of fishing to kids. An added hook: All of the show's proceeds are donated to fund fishing habitat restoration, education and recreation projects throughout South Central Wisconsin.
20th Annual Echoes of the Past Historical Trade Fair
Need a new leather jerkin? How about an adze? Balls for your musket, perhaps? You'll find supplies for the early American way of life – suitable for historical re-enactors, muzzleloading enthusiasts and people who like to say "They sure don't make 'em like that anymore" – at this trade fair. Look for historical clothing, books, patterns, tinware, pewter, beads, leather, fur, forged iron, pottery, firearms, knives and more representing periods from the mid-1700s through the 1860s. Enjoy food, demonstrations, period fashion programs, and musical entertainment.