Fishing, Hunting Extravaganza planned
By Mark Sherry
Mark Sherry photo
Bill Lodi stands in his Rippn-Lips Tackle Company shop in Stockbridge.

Rippn-Lips Tackle Company has one year in the tackle box—a very busy year which is about to get even busier with its first-ever Fishing, Hunting & Recreational Swap Meet Extravaganza.

The Swap Meet is scheduled rain or shine for Saturday, Aug. 1 at Legion Fireman’s Park in Stockbridge, which is also where Rippn-Lips is located at 106 S. Military Rd. in the same shopping center as Mud Creek Coffee.

Bill Lodi, owner of Rippn-Lips, is encouraging people to clean out their garages, basements, barns and anywhere else and bring their unwanted fishing, hunting and recreational items to the Swap Meet. Rustic jewelry and outdoor crafts also will be accepted. No guns will be allowed for sale, but bows, crossbows and arrows are fine.

Vendor reservations are needed by Saturday, July 25, with booth prices ranging from $25 to $35. As of about two weeks ago Lodi said he already had about 30 vendors, including Anchor Marine which will bring some boats to display. Vendors must be set up by 8 a. m. Proceeds from the day will be donated to local sports clubs, Lodi said.

Games, seminars, displays, more

Helping to making the event an “extravaganza” beyond the Swap Meet will be seminars and games for children, antique snowmobile and outboard motor displays, and hot food and cold refreshments provided by the Stockbridge Fire Department.

In addition, Greg Karch and the Learn 2 Fish With Us organization will be giving a free seminar at 11 a. m. with Backyard Bass. The first 50 kids will get a free door prize.

Once the Swap Meet Extravaganza is finished, Lodi will turn his attention to a mid-August open house he is planning at his growing fishing-and-more shop in Stockbridge. Watch this newspaper for more details as they become available.

Lodi said he has plenty to celebrate after his first year in business. Customer support has been good and Rippn-Lips has grown to the point where Lodi said, “I’m out of room.”

Future progress at Rippn-Lips may address that issue, but in the meantime Lodi will keep busy helping out people headed to Lake Winnebago—a stone’s throw from Rippn-Lips—or other bodies of water.

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