If you’re a mid-westerner, Canoecopia is not a Kayak/Canoe show to miss. It’s been going on since 1976, and has grown to over 20,000 annual attendees! In early March, the ground is still hard in Wisconsin when folks are dreaming about kayaking and canoeing. The six speaker rooms spill over into the hallways (while speakers vary their topics, their superb quality is consistent). One fun offbeat event is the Aluminum Chef Competition in which chefs pit their culinary skills against each other usng outdoor stoves, cook kits, and the type of ingredients you would likely take on your next camping trip.