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The Extreme Raptors show includes owls, falcons, eagles and more. [Courtesy photo]

Outdoors on display

Birds that go by gyr and water bikes that jet skyward are among the attractions this weekend at the 17th annual Jackson County Sportsmen's & Outdoor Recreation Show at The Expo.


Here are five don't-miss offerings at this year's show.


1. Hydroflight Demonstrations


The newest form of niche extreme water sport uses hydraulics to let people play super-hero and fly as much as 60 feet over open water.


On display will be the Jetovator, a bicycle-like contraption that harnesses water pressure to bounce, spin, flip and soar over water bodies. It will be joined by a flying chair called the Freedom Flier.


The machines have long hoses that attach to the outdrive of a personal watercraft. Instead of powering itself over the lake surface, the PWC's water thrust is run through the tube and into the Jetovator, creating enough thrust to power it skyward.


The Mail Tribune featured a similar hoverboard-like contraption this summer at Emigrant Lake. The story and a video can be seen at www.mailtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20161007/sky-boarder


Demos will be performed by Joey Natale, son of Joe Natale, owner of Redding-based Nor-Cal Jetovator, which produces the watercrafts. Joey is ranked first in the world among Jetovator-riders.


Hydroflight demos are scheduled every two hours during the show. Today's show lineup begins at 1 p.m. and runs through 7 p.m., while Saturday's demos start at 10:30 a.m. and run every two hours through 6:30 p.m. Sunday's demos begin at 11:30 a.m. and are repeated at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.


2. Extreme Raptors


Jonathan Wood's Extreme Raptors show not only puts big, rare birds in the air but also puts them at arm's length for close-up study when they're not performing.


Woods is bringing about 20 birds to the show, including a gyr falcon, the largest of the falcon family with a four-foot wingspan, a snowy owl from the Arctic, an eagle owl, whose five-foot wingspan makes it the world's largest owl, as well as a bald and golden eagle.


The birds put on impressive aerial shows and are on display throughout the day for close-up inspections, photos and owl stare-downs that visitors are destined to lose.


Shows today are scheduled for 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday shows begin at 11:15 a.m. and repeat every two hours. Sunday shows start at 11:30 a.m., and the last show is 3 p.m.


3. Aqua Dome Demo Pool


To pull off these waterborne displays, Sportsmen's Show creator Joe Pate brought in the Aqua Dome, a large water tank that is set up outside the promenade area.


The tank measures 33 feet by 60 feet and is 4 feet deep. Instead of just talking about the coolness of Jetovators and other water toys, the tank allows for demonstrations not offered in the past 16 years of the annual show.


4. She Shed


Last year the testosterone was pumping in the Man Cave Shed. With a nod to Title IX, here comes the She Shed.


The She Shed is a feminine dude cave created by Denver-based Tuff Shed and built in Portland. It's a tiny house designed to create backyard personal spaces for reading, wine drinking, relaxing and lounging, according to the firm's general manager, Walt O'Dell.


It measures 10 feet by 16 feet, with 8-foot walls and rafters rising to the height of a basketball rim.


5. Look Who's Talking


One of the gems of outdoor shows are the speaker programs, and this show boasts a solid lineup of how-to talks and demonstrations at either the Sportsmen's Theater or the Giant Fish Tank.


Here are three to keep an eye on:


4 p.m. today in the Sportsmen's Theater: Headliner Jody Smith will talk about smallmouth bass basics for the Umpqua River.


12:30 p.m. Saturday at the fish tank: Dave Jones will talk about catching kokanee, which will make fishing at Lake of the Woods that much more productive.


3:30 p.m. Sunday at the fish tank: Norma Evans will give a presentation on catching pink-fin perch, a coastal beach fishery very popular throughout the spring and summer at open beaches along the South Coast.


— Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtfribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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