Look, life offers very few certainties. If you see money on the ground, pick it up. If you're offered a free beer, drink it. If dessert is included in the price, eat it. If you have a chance to meet Mr. Crappie, you shake hands with Mr. Crappie. And guess what you can do Friday through Sunday (January 8 through 10) at the Gateway Center (1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville; 618-288-9952 or www.letsgoshows.com)? Wally "Mr. Crappie" Marshall, the man who knows more about catching crappie than any other angler in the business, will be discussing the art of fishing at the 2010 Let's Go Fishing Show — go learn from the master. Professional bass fishermen and other fish experts conduct seminars throughout the weekend, vendors sell everything you need, from the simplest rigs to the most advanced fish-detecting technologies, and this year the concession area even features a beer and wine garden. The Let's Go Fishing Show is open noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and admission is $3 to $7.
Jan. 8-10, 2010