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6/13/2014 10:55:00 AM
Outdoors Expo June 21 in Spring Valley (video)
Public video of a Fetch N Fish Tank, which will be coming to Spring Valley June 21.
NT Staff

A 4,000-gallon mobile aquarium promises to be the big attraction at Spring Valley’s first-ever Outdoors Expo on June 21.

Jason Reynolds’ “Fetch N Fish” will be used to show fish, angling techniques and dog skills at fetching, retrieving and swimming.

The expo will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 in the 100 and 200 blocks of East St. Paul Street.

The expo also will feature the Pinnacle Cliff Climbing Wall, which can accommodate climbers on any side with different ranges of difficulty.

Vendors will cater to outdoors enthusiasts with products such as boats, hunting gear, fishing equipment and off-road vehicles.

For information contact Debb Ladgenski, Spring Valley economic director, at or (815) 303-4327.

The city of Spring Valley will host its first Outdoors Expo this summer and already has landed one big attraction.

All the construction taking place at Hall High School put a stop to a drum corps competition this year.  This has given the city an opportunity to replace the event with something that can focus on its niche in outdoor entertainment.  

The expo will feature Jason Reynolds’ “Fetch N Fish,” a 4,000-gallon mobile aquarium on a semi-trailer and water dog show. In addition to its use to display fish and fishing techniques, Reynolds uses the tank to demonstrate dogs’ retrieving and swimming skills. A video of the demonstration can be found with this story on  

Another attraction will be the Pinnacle Cliff Climbing Wall, a freestanding wall that can accommodate climbers on any side. Each side ranges in difficulty.

Debb Ladgenski, Spring Valley’s economic director, wants to draw attention to the numerous outdoor and recreational features in town.  

“I can see this growing in the years to come,” Ladgenski said after pointing out that nearly two dozen vendors already have registered.  

Vendors at the expo will cater to outdoorsmen and women. Some of the products featured will be boats, hunting gear, fishing equipment and off-road vehicles.    

“We are more than happy to show off the numerous local outdoor vendors, but we also want to reach outside of the city,” Ladgenski said.

The expo will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 21 in the 100 and 200 blocks of East St. Paul Street.

For more information, contact Ladgenski at or (815) 303-4327.

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