TULALIP — The Tulalip Cabela's store hosted its second Ladies Day Out on Saturday, April 6, and saw more than triple the attendance from the previous year.
"We saw quite an increase in attendance this year. Last year we had a little over 100 women show up and this time we had more than 300 ladies participate in our event Saturday," said Katie Sanford, event coordinator. "They learned about hunting, fishing, fly fishing, handguns, gold panning, fly tying and outdoor cooking."
Cabela's plans to host a Ladies Day Out twice yearly, and held their first event in the fall of 2012. They plan to host another Ladies Day Out in the fall of 2013.
The event began at 10 a.m. and finished around 4 p.m., boasting several experts in outdoor activities giving seminars and demonstrations to the crowd.
"Our 'Handguns for Ladies' seminar had the most women participate," said Sanford. "Every group was very popular. Our Cabela's Fly Fishing Outfitter, Bob Banks, helped more than 80 women learn how to tie their very own Flashy Fly on a pin to wear on their shirts."
The gold panning seminar was a new addition to the event, as well as a presence by the Girl Scouts and NW Fishing Guides host Jennifer Stahl, who gave a speech called "The Need to Know of Fishing."
"Jennifer Stahl wasn't here last year, and she has been a great addition," said Sanford, who noted that other groups represented at Ladies Day Out included RV'ing Women, Gold N' Gem Club, Pacific Firearms Training, Outdoor Adventure Center and the NRA.
Community members and Cabela's outfitters modeled fashions for women and children during the event's fashion show, which brought on dozens of spectators.
"We had 15 or 16 ladies and kids that participated and got to strut their stuff down the aisle," said Sanford. "We showcased new Cabela's apparel."
Ladies Day aims to have women learn necessary skills for participating in outdoor activities that can often be perceived as for men only.
"Women were really excited to have this event just for them and to learn all these news things, taught by other women, in a non-threatening environment," said Sanford. "Everybody was really pleased with it and we will continue to build on it and make it even bigger next year.