The first sign of spring is this weekend - the annual Mat-Su Outdoorsman Show at the Menard Center. You know that summer can't be too far away once the outdoor show season starts, and the Mat-Su show is the first one up on the calendar this year.

The show, which runs Friday through Sunday (March 22-24), features fishing guides, outdoor products, lodges and many other outdoors-related vendors from around Alaska. You can literally line up your entire summer's worth of activities by visiting all the vendors - and many offer show-only pricing that can help you save a few dollars. There are more than 100 vendors attending the 2019 show.

The show runs noon-6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 (military and children under 12 are free), and parking is free at the Menard Center. Throughout the three days, seminars are being offered on topics such as halibut fishing, tactics for bait and spinner fishing, spey and switch rod fishing and solar energy systems. There is no additional cost to attend the seminars. There will also be local authors on hand signing copies of their books. The popular Alaska Department of Fish and Game laser shooting range is also back again.

On Sunday, there is free admission from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., courtesy of Waddell & Reed's Rene Russ office. 

Grab the kids and head down to the Menard Center this weekend - you may end up with a completely packed summer schedule!