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Explore Lake Life Expo set for Jan. 27-28

Jade Presents is set to host an Explore Lake Life Expo January 27-28 at the Scheels Arena in Fargo.

"Not just another boat show," the expo will showcase what lake life and what lakes country in Minnesota has to offer, with over 40 varying vendors including Lakegirl, Lakeshirts, Harmonious Architecture, Detroit Lakes Mountain, DL Bike Shop, The Inn At Dunvilla, Lakes Area Landscaping, Vergas State Bank, and many more.

Dirk Ockhardt, President of Jack Chivers Realty, one of the vendors scheduled for the expo and event coordinator, said it's about showing people that lake life is year-round.

"We know people think lake life is limited to summer," said Ockhardt, adding that he is hoping the expo will remind everyone that there's plenty of lake life in the winter time too, like snowmobiling, ice fishing, and spending time at Detroit Lakes Mountain.

The goal of the expo is not only to include activities for all season but also to have vendors for every family member, not just dad and his fishing or hunting pastime, but also booths that are of interest for mom and the kids too.

But it's not just a purchasing event, either.

"The target also is to educate," said Ockhardt. "My goal is to have the visitor leave, and go home, and say, 'I actually learned something.'"

The education portion of the event comes from the Pelican and Cormorant Watershed districts that will be onsite to answer questions about wildlife.

There will also be an interactive wildlife children's program, which the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host.

Ketters Meat Market in Frazee will be serving at the food court.

Tickets for the event, which will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, are $5 per individual and $10 per family. NDSU students get in free on Friday with a student ID.