Sunday, February 18, 2007 — Time: 11:10:25
60 exhibits set for Adirondack Outdoorsman Show
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald
Published on Sunday, February 18, 2007
JOHNSTOWN — With the Adirondack Mountains, numerous lakes, rivers and
streams right in the Glove Cities’ backyard, Mike Hauser thought an outdoorsman’s
show seemed like a perfect fit.
He was right.
In 2006 Hauser organized the inaugural Adirondack Outdoorsman Show and
it was well received by the local outdoorsmen.
Feb. 24 and 25 the event will return to the Johnstown Moose Club with
more to offer for outdoors enthusiasts.
“Going into last year’s event, I was not sure what to expect,” Hauser
said. “I had a hunch that we were in the middle of a hotbed of
outdoorsmen but was not sure how such an event would be received.
I was careful
in the planning and actually spent nearly three years preparing
databases of potential vendors and featured guests.”
The timing of the event coincides with a time when many outdoorsmen
are starting to get the itch to head back to the streams and lakes.
“As an avid fisherman, I personally find the months of February and
March the hardest [cabin fever] as I await the April 1st opening of trout
season,” Hauser said. “I felt this time of year would be the best
gamble. My hunches were accurate and what I found was that many
must have the same difficult time I have this time of year and
are looking for some type of activity to sooth their cabin fever.”
This year’s show includes 60 exhibits and items for sale ranging
from hunting, fishing to snowmobiling, four-wheeling, books and
“Initially, it was a tough sell getting vendors & featured guests
to participate in the first event,” Hauser said. “They are all returning
and we were able to easily expand and allow new vendors in this year.
The one area that will see expansion this year is in the fishing category.
We have added several vendors with just fishing related tackle & supplies.
Another area that will see expansion is that of trapping supplies.
The lighting has been improved for the main exhibit hall this year.”
Bob Kazmierski, founder of the Wildlife Sports & Educational
Museum returns with a display of record deer mounts and information
the museum in Vail Mills.
Also returning will be Adirondack author/historian Don Williams
with his newest book; “Adirondack Ventures” Spyder Rybaak, an expert
on fishing all waters in New York and has authored two books on
be in attendance along with local outdoor columnist Ed Noonan and
Ron Kolodziej. New to the show this year is Pete Schoonmaker, an
on muzzle loader hunting and author of several books on the subject
Also new to the event this year will be a special “Sportsman Raffle” being
sponsored by the Fulton-Montgomery Sports Historical Society.
“The grand prizes are a 16 gun all-steel locking gun safe and a complete
Orvis fly fishing combination outfit [fly rod, reel, line, vest, creel
and net],” Hauser said. “Secondary prizes will consist of dozens
of pieces of outdoor gear and supplies.”
All attendees will be entered to win more than $1,000 worth of
gift certificates for Gander Mountain and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
A special line of hats and t-shirts will be available with the
The hall is located at 109 South Comrie Ave. and the show will run from
10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days.