Tackle Box To Host First Outdoor Rendezvous

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The energy and enthusiasm that was Dennis Pirch's trademark as one of the most successful prep wrestling coaches in small-town America is now being thrown into the inaugural Outdoor Rendezvous.

"It's new, different and something we just want to have a lot of fun with," the retired coach said. "We hope it grows into something everyone looks forward to each year."

The one-day event begins at 7:30 a.m., Feb. 5, in the parking lot of The Tackle Box, one-half mile south of Punkin Center on Highway 188.

The festivities, which Pirch calls "an outdoor enthusiasts sidewalk sale," are free to anyone interested in hunting, fishing, hiking, archery or simply spending time in the backwoods of Arizona.

"Outdoorsmen and women who have used fishing, hunting and camping equipment they want to sell or trade with others are welcome to attend," Pirch said. "They can bring their used outdoor equipment and set it up in the parking lot on tables or their truck tailgates."

A display of new and used bass boats and all-terrain vehicles from Tempe Marine also will be on hand.

According to nationally recognized bass fishing pro Mark Kile, who is spearheading the event with Pirch, Payson's Chapman Auto Center has been invited to showcase new trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Other highlights the founders have scheduled include a series of seven seminars throughout the day.

"Crappie Fishing at Roosevelt Lake" -- by renowned Arizona fishing guide Art Chamberlain.

"Care Of Big Game After It's On the Ground" -- by Arizona licensed guide Tige Godac.

"Whitetail Deer Hunting" -- by licensed guide Ty Goodman.

"Rod and Reel Maintenance and Repair" -- by longtime bass fisherman and reel repair expert Dan Morgan.

"Mule Deer Hunting in Arizona" -- by highly successful veteran hunter Dean Pederson.

"Lion Hunting" -- by Tonto Basin rancher and hunter Steve Smith.

"Bass Fishing in Arizona" -- by Kile a three-time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier and Classic Rookie of the Year.

The impressive list of presenters and topics, Pirch said, "should offer a little something about fishing and hunting for everyone."

Tempe Marine will cook up several batches of homemade chili that will be dished out free of charge. Amateur chefs interested in cookin' up their own fire brand versions of the popular dish, may showcase their hot stuff in a chili cook off.

According to Pirch, all types of chili -- red, green, meat only and with beans -- can be entered.

Pirch and Kile are still in the process of selecting an impartial panel of judges,ut said that prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded.

For more information about the Outdoor Rendezvous, call (928) 978-3500.

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