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Home, Sport and Travel Show: Vendors display wide array of goods, services

James Saari, left, owner of Boon-Docks, shows off the deck on a boat dock to Vic and Betty Lynne at the 33rd annual Bemidji Jaycees Home, Sport & Travel Show Friday afternoon at the John Glas Fieldhouse. About 150 booths are part of the show, which is open today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

The 33rd Annual Bemidji Jaycees Home, Sport and Travel Show gives visitors a sampling of the myriad opportunities available in the area.

From playground equipment to docks, kettle corn to brats, fireplaces to log buildings, the Home, Sport and Travel Show is an exhibit of diversity. The show in the John Glas Fieldhouse ran from 3-8 p.m. Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, April 17, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18. More than 150 exhibitors set up booths Friday to show off their goods and services.

Jeri Fuller at the First Realty booth said she and her colleagues will give away bicycles to winners of the children's coloring contest. Participant will receive a sheet of paper to design their dream home.

Other booths have visitor gifts such as lollipops and bookmarks. But perhaps the most iconic give-away is from Bob's Econo Pump booth. Visitors there can take away rolls of toilet paper wrapped in an image of an Econo Pump truck and the slogan, "If you ain't a-flushin' we'll be a-rushin'.

Many of the exhibits relate to northern Minnesota culture. Fishing Has No Boundaries has an upstairs booth, while hot tubs, patio arrangements, fishing gear, chainsaws and lawn care companies display their wares downstairs.

Some booths, such as Sport and Spinal Rehab, offer on-the-sport services such as that business' "Free Thumper Back Massage."

Entry to the Home, Sport and Travel Show costs $3 for a single ticket, $6 for a family ticket, with children 6 years old and younger admitted free. Those who bring Bemidji Community Food Shelf items to donate can deduct $1 from their entry fee.