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1/23/04 - Longview

East Texas Boat, RV, and Camping Show

From the smallest motocross bike to the biggest motor home, the 22nd annual East Texas Boat, RV, and Camping Show has it all. Forty-six exhibitors showing off their hottest new models, like a new 2004 Honda Rancher 400 with automatic transmission.

"This vehicle right here has the first global positioning system ever built in an ATV," Kevin Phelen, of Fun Motors of Longview, said. "It lets you pinpoint 99 settings of your destination and your destination back to your car, your camp."

Offroading not your style? Well, you can hit the water in style with a new Tahoe from Tracker Marine. Yellow is the new popular color.

"The open bow seating in the front," Matt McKnight, of East Texas Boat World in Longview, said. "You have the benefit of a 20-foot boat in a 19-foot."

If you'd rather stay inside, there are plenty of custom motor homes. Whatever your fancy, the expo has it. And men aren't the only ones looking.

"I'm here because she is here," Allen Andrews, from Longview, said. "I'm no hunter, I'm no fisherman, I'm no nothing. But she is."

"Well, I have a boat, and I like to see what the new models have on them, that sort of thing," Ronda Rogers, who accompanied Andrews, said.

There are also a few new attractions this year. One of them is the tub of water filled with bass. Outdoorsman Brad Campbell shows underwater retrieving techniques with a little help from his dog, Rudy. And the kids can learn how to fish from the trout tank, stocked daily with fresh rainbow trout.

"There's special fish, and if they catch the special fish, then they get a prize from Academy," Angela Fielden, of Academy Sports and Outdoors, said.

The event's organizers say they expect about 7,000 people to attend this year's show -- good for the exhibitors, good for the East Texas economy.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. The show's going on all weekend at the Maude Cobb Activity Center and Exhibition Hall. It's open Friday until 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m, and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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