All Outdoors show takes over Elmwood

By Alyssa Donovan

March 2, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM CDT

ELMWOOD, Ill.-- Elmwood High School senior Tiffany Neff plays basketball, volleyball and track. But this weekend, she's using different skills to support her teams and town as her school is transformed into a fishing and hunting showcase.

"It brings a lot of people together and it gets Elmwood on the map I think," Neff said.

Both Elmwood High School and Grade school are helping bring in business, through more than 100 fishing and hunting vendors.

"The idea was to have a show where we could raise money for the school, put the kids to work so they could make money for the athletic programs and then we give athletic scholarships," said Jeff Lampe, Elmwood All Outdoors Show Committee Member.

Lampe says more than $75,000 has been raised over the four years the show has been running.

The students who benefit from the fundraiser are more than willing to be put to work.

,"Anybody can help but the ones that usually do help are the ones that are in the athletics," Neff said.

Vendors say they're happy for that help. Lithia Guide Service's Ken Wilson says he does several outdoor shows across Illinois, but this one is special.

"It's for the kids, and the kids have a great time here and we hand out the stuff to help them fish in the trout pond and they're doing real well with some of our stuff," Wilson said.

The show has everything from fishing equipment and duck calls to arrow heads. It's a different kind of sports scene inside Elmwood schools to help raise support for the students and athletes.

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