The 33rd State of Maine Sportsman's Show, hosted by Maine Sportsman Magazine and the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, will take place Friday to Sunday, March 29 to March 31, at the Augusta Civic Center.

Over 100 seminars - on topics from Becoming a Maine Guide to Training Spaniels - and stage events - including the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association's annual onstage dog-handling show - run throughout the weekend.

There will be 130 exhibitors at the show, including 25-plus outfitters and sporting camps, deep-sea fishing boats and rafting outfits, as well as major sporting-good dealers with the newest gear including rods, reels, firearms, boats and camping equipment.

A turkey calling contest and a moose calling contest are on tap for Saturday. The weekend will include art shows and contests in outdoor photography, painting and wildlife woodcarving. Artist of the Year Karen Talbot of Rockland, a conservation artist known for her paintings of fishes, botanicals and birds, will be on hand all weekend.

Trout Unlimited will continue its long-standing tradition of offering free fly-tying lessons to children. On Sunday the DIF&W Moose mascot will be at the main entrance handing out Easter eggs to children. Each egg will contain a prize donated by a vendor; one egg will contain a lifetime fishing license.

The show will be open 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission at the door is $7 for adults, $5 for those over 65 and active military, and $4 for children 5 to 12; children 4 and under are admitted free. For more information, go to