Pamplin Media Group – Bits & Pieces: Sports Fair welcomes outdoor enthusiasts


Other elements include Oregon WinterFest, Cinema Unbound Awards, and the Pioneer Courthouse Square concert series.

Sports show

Outdoor enthusiasts will gather for the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, Feb. 16-20 at the Portland Expo Center.

It is considered the second largest sports show in the nation and the largest west of the Mississippi River – over 300,000 square feet of space and occupying all four buildings of the Expo Center.

There will be plenty of fishing, hunting and boating vendors, and things to buy across the range – including mountain bikes, African safaris, archery items, wall tents, guided excursions and motorhomes.

The first-ever Bass Lake features live bass and panfish stocked in the lake. Kayak fishing has become popular and seminar speakers will be in the rigged fishing boat, showing attendees how to do it.

Special events include: YouTube Born and Raised Outdoors Hunt Group, 7:00 p.m. Feb. 16; Addicted Fishing and their Alaska fishing movie “Return of the Kings,” 7 p.m. Feb. 17; Leupold’s VIP Party with Public Lands Defender Randy Newberg, 7 p.m. Feb. 18; Leif Steffny, YouTube’s “NW Fishing Secrets,” 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

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Oregon Winter Festival

Would you like to attend a winter sports event live and not just watch one (the Olympics) on television?

Head to Bend for Oregon WinterFest at the Deschutes County Expo Center, February 18-20.

It includes the 10 Barrel Brewing “Desert Storm” Rail Jam, called the largest off-mountain terrain park ever built in North America.

“We’ve never seen anything created on flat terrain that comes close to the range of this year’s terrain park,” said Rail Jam builder Pete Alport. “Most skiers and snowboarders will never have experienced this level of intensity in an off-mountain terrain park before. You’re going to see some wild action.”

It will feature three 18-20 foot turns, rails, an ollie bar and a pump track with over a dozen bumps. Organizers said it took 17 days to build the park, using 65 snow dump trucks transported from Hoodoo Ski Resort.

Interested skiers/boarders wishing to participate must register online.

There will also be music (including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Quiet Riot), ice sculptures, hearth sculptures, the Lonza Science Festival organized by OMSI, the Fine Arts & Crafts Pavilion, Wonderland Marketplace and the food.

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Unrelated Cinema

The winners of the 2022 Cinema Unbound Awards, hosted by the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center, have been announced.

They are: Carrie Brownstein, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Arthur Lewis, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Shirin Neshat and Roger Ross Williams.

Criteria: Groundbreaking multimedia artists, industry individuals and activists working at the intersection of art and film who are not content with being contained.

They will be honored March 8 at an in-person event at the Portland Art Museum.

Equally interesting is the list of presenters: Jeff Goldblum, Ibram X. Kendi, Isabella Rossellini and Tasha Smith.

Square Gigs

A new concert series from promoter True West has been created for Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Only four concerts are scheduled.

These are Indigo Girls and Niko Case, 5 p.m. June 17, $60; Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, 5 p.m. June 18, $56.50; Tenacious D, Puddles Pity Party, 5 p.m. June 19, $60; The Roots, 5:30 p.m. July, $60.

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Rose Festival Courtyard

The Rose Festival has named its Princess Court finalists for each of the participating schools in the program and announced the schedule for announcing the 15 winners: February 28 to March 18 at participating schools. Winners will be determined by a combination of judges’ scores and school-wide voting.

Call for artists

Portland-area artists interested in opening their studios to the public for Portland Open Studios are encouraged to apply during the February open call for artists. A hundred artists will be selected. The event takes place on the first and second weekend of October.

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‘Wheel of Fortune’

Bree Yokouchi, an elementary school teacher from Portland, will appear on “Wheel of Fortune,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 9 on KATU(2).

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