Drawn in by lures, decoys?
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."