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Drawn in by lures, decoys?

Detroit Lakes,Minnesota 56501
Detroit Lakes Online
Drawn in by lures, decoys?
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Not only is an upcoming collectible sporting show a good outlet for collectors, but it's also a memorial to a man known throughout the decoy circuit -- Lawrence Bethel.

"When Lawrence was alive, he and I talked about it," said organizer Mark Greenig of Detroit Lakes. Bethel passed away July 1, 2006. Now, it's a way to "promote the city and Bethel's legacy."

The first Lawrence Bethel Memorial Sporting Collectible Show & Sale is Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Washington Square Mall. Admission is free.

Greenig said vendors are still signing up for the show.

"They're coming in from all over the state," he said.

The one-day show will be filled with sporting and other collectibles. Greenig said it's not just about fishing decoys.

If anyone thinks they may have a sporting collectible, bring it to the show for a free appraisal. Greenig, a collector himself, said that a vendor may even purchase the collectible because "make, condition (and) rarity drives" this business. Someone from the show would give a fairer price than having to sell the collectible on a rummage sale.

Any vendors interested in renting a display table at the show can contact Greenig at 847-8842.

Cost is $30 per 8-foot table. All hunting and fishing collectible items are accepted at the show. No firearms are allowed.

"It's an exciting thing," he said of the event. "It's a dynamic thing."