The Bismarck Tribune Sport Show features a variety of vendors, including businesses that sell hook-snag resistant nets, foot-driven kayaks and the latest in archery equipment.

The 49th annual Sport Show started Friday at the Bismarck Event Center and continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event also includes about 42,000 square feet of boats and campers.

Kevin Lockard, sporting goods manager at Bismarck's Runnings, has a display with archery equipment.

"Archery is one of the fastest growing sports," Lockard said.

Two renowned archers, Kinley, 16, and Hatley Hetletved, 11, of Bismarck will also be at the booth next to Lockard's this weekend. The Hetletveds are members of the USA Archery Junior Dream Team, sponsored by Runnings.

Runnings prides itself on selling local products, including bow strings, Lockard said. With an easy set up, individuals can try archery for target shooting or hunting.

Pedal kayaks

Collin Kemmesat, general manager of 701 Cycle and Sport in Bismarck, recently stocked foot-driven kayaks.

The 12-foot-long, pedal-driven Jackson Kayak, which came out in the fall, is on display at the Sport Show.

The kayak can travel 8 to 10 mph. The hands-free kayak makes fishing easier, and there's a hand mechanism that controls a rudder in the back.

"It adds a whole new element to kayaking," Kemmesat said.

Hook snag-resistant fishing nets

Jesse Hehr and Brian Schafer, both of Mandan, were on a fishing trip in Canada when they wondered why it was so difficult to find a decent net.

The pair formed the company, Hookset Inc., in the fall, and currently sell hook snag-resistant fishing nets made by the Ohio-based company, RS Nets.

The nets and rods can be customized in any color and come with a lifetime warranty.

Acupuncture for pets

Kelly Thorsness, a veterinarian at Lewis and Clark Animal Hospital in Bismarck, has been a vendor at the Sport Show for nine years.

Thorsness said, when the vet clinic opened a 10 years ago, he's found that the event is a good way to educate pet owners on proper animal care, including poison awareness, dental hygiene and heart worms.

The Sport Show is a good draw for people with pets, who may attend the DockDogs competition, he said.

Thorsness, a vet at the Dakota Zoo, said the vet clinic also offers laser therapy treatment and acupuncture for pets, which can help with arthritis and back injuries.

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