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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."