JOHNSTOWN - This year's edition of the Adirondack Outdoorsman
Show - going on this weekend at the Johnstown Moose Club - has truly
become an outdoors show.
Organizer Mike Hauser of Twin Cities Sports Promotions explained
Saturday that the event, continuing today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
was conducted exclusively indoors for about six years. But this is
the second consecutive year the popular show is being conducted both
inside the Johnstown Moose Club and outside on the grounds of its
Route 30A property.
Hauser said 60 vendors and displays are on hand this fall, but plans
are already under way to expand the outdoor portion of the show to
include more of the club grounds for 2010.
"We're going to have about 75 vendors, which is more than we've
ever had," Hauser said.
The Adirondack Outdoorsman Show is geared toward the tastes of hunters,
fishermen, boaters and outdoors enthusiasts. The show is held on
a semi-annual basis - in February and September.
R.J. Rooney, a member of the State
University of New York at Cobleskill Forestry Club, shows off
the proper competitive chain saw-cutting technique Saturday
during the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show at the Johnstown Moose
Hauser, who created the show out of personal
boredom between fishing and hunting seasons, said "thousands" of
people were expected to see the outdoorsman show by the time it
wraps up later today.
Among the activities, the State University of New York at Cobleskill
Forestry Club is scheduled to provide lumber jack demonstrations
"It's one of the really unique things going on outside this
time," Hauser said.
Club member Kevin Poole explained various chainsaw cutting techniques
Saturday. He said the club competes in lumberjack sports at different
colleges, including Finger Lakes Community College, Paul Smith's
College and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Also outside today at the show will be tomahawk and knife-throwing
demonstrations by Craig Talarico, rock-climbing demonstrations by
Electric City Rock Wall, a trout pond for kids courtesy of Peck's
Lake, and land navigation techniques by the regional search and rescue
Although skies were mostly overcast and somewhat rainy Saturday,
the event continued.
"We enjoy it immensely," said vendor Linda Sehlmeyer of
The Gun Shop in Lake Luzerne, Warren County. "We enjoy the customers."
Bruce Mattison, left, and Anders Faltskog of Skiff Lake Outfitters — a
Canadian trophy hunting group — admire a pair of antlers
at the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show Saturday at the Johnstown Moose
Sam Damico, a show-goer from Pine Bush, Ulster County, said this
was his first time at the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show. He said he
goes to many similar shows in various locations.
"I enjoy the exhibits and meeting the different
people here,' he said.
A featured guest at the show is John Greviskis,
host of "Ship
Shape TV," seen locally on Fox Sports Net. The popular boat
improvement show is televised across North America several times
each week. On Saturday, he was explaining and selling a boat purification
product containing chlorine dioxide.
"Chlorine dioxide has been used for 100 years in the food preparation
and hospital business," Greviskis explained.
One of the more visual displays at the show belongs
to the Wildlife Sports & Educational Museum in Vail Mills,
run by museum founder Bob Kazmierski of Bob's Taxidermy of Johnstown.
Kazmierski said his
museum opened in 2005, and he has a sampling of the more than 100
white-tail deer mounts featured at the museum.
"It's probably the largest and biggest white-tail deer collection
in the United States," Kazmierski said.
Exhibits at the show containing items for sale pertain to: hunting
and fishing gear/supplies, guns, fly fishing, archery, trapping,
boating, camping, hiking, snow shoeing, guides and charter services,
taxidermy, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, collectible knives, antique
hunting and fishing gear, wildlife art and books and Adirondack furniture.
Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $1 for children age
12 and younger. Door prizes of free gear and equipment are being
For more information on the outdoorsman show, visit the Web site
www.adkshow.com, call Hauser at 725-5565 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be
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