Adirondack Outdoorsman Show 2008
Third annual outdoorsman draws
crowd to Johnstown Moose
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald POSTED: February 17, 2008
JOHNSTOWN — Tales of the whopper caught and the buck that got away are
being shared this weekend at Twin Cities Sports Promotions’ Third
Annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show at the Johnstown Moose Club.
“ We expect 2,000 to 3,000 people over the weekend,” Twin Cities Sports Promotions
President Mike Hauser said Saturday.
Saturday’s crowds were steady, as the Moose
parking lot overflowed with many outdoors
enthusiasts. Show hours continue today
from 10 a.m. until
6 p.m. and
the event is geared towards the tastes of avid hunters and fishermen.
“ We’ve been very well received,” Hauser said of the Outdoorsman Show, which
also attracts people from throughout New England.
There are 60 exhibits this year featuring items for sale pertaining to outdoors
activities and featured guests on hand, Hauser said.
Hauser said that he’s been doing baseball card shows for 18 years, but noticed
in recent years this area has even more people interested in hunting and fishing
than cards. An avid outdoorsman himself, he said he would never include exhibits
and displays in his shows that he doesn’t personally believe are worthwhile
“ We get more people every year,” he said. “We get a better selection of vendors
It took about six months to plan this weekend’s
show, Hauser said, and he is already promoting
a similar event at an expanded site this
fall at the Concordia
Club in Gloversville. That will be the fall edition of the Adirondack
Outdoorsman Show for hunters, fishermen
and boaters Sept. 13-14.
“ We’re running out of room here,” he said, although Hauser added that his company
has a wonderful relationship with the Johnstown Moose Club.
Every square foot of the club’s spaces
are crammed with displays dedicated to
and fishing in the Adirondacks, including
one by The Whitetail Club.
Inc. of Gloversville. Former Gloversville Fire Chief Steve Santa Maria
explained he is a member of the club, which
promotes activities such as hunting, snowmobiling,
ATV riding, cross-country sking, hiking and snowshoeing.
“ We’re trying to generate some new members,” Santa Maria said. “We want to put
up new members.”
Craig Turner of Groton, N.Y., had a popular
New York Outdoor News exhibit showcasing
replicas of three record fish caught in
New York state.
They included a 48-pound,
58-inch Northern Pike in 1940 caught by Peter Dubuc on the Great Sacadaga
Lake — still
believed to be the largest fish of its kind caught in North America.
Turner said Dubuc eventually ate the megawhopper.
Another exhibitor — Captain Dave Burkhart Jr. of Westerlo — is promoting
Reel Fun Sportfishing this weekend. He offers salmon and trout charters
on Lake Ontario.
“ This is a really good show,” Burkhart said. “We do better here than we do in
Albany. These are good friendly people.”
Jody Stuart of Gloversville and his son, John, were checking out the collectors
guns at the show Saturday.
“ My friend, Dave, asked me to come out,” the elder Stuart said. “They’re all
hunters and fishermen.”
Another showgoer — Carl Edwards of Mayfield — kept
a keen eye on the scene.
“ I’m here to see some of the new products that are out and talk to the outfitters,” he
At another exhibit for The Gun Shop of Lake Luzerne, Linda Sehlmeyer said the
shop has been at the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show all three years.
“ We really enjoy being out here,” she said. “People are looking for 22s and
looking for hunting rifles.”
Dennis Dedek of Worcester, Otsego County, represented Iron Skillet Seasonings,
which he said has been around since 1993. He served up some tasty food samples
sprinkled with his seasonings for game, jerky and breakfast sausages.
“ For a small show, it’s a very good show,” Dedek said.
Longtime Adirondack guide and author Don
Williams of Gloversville is on hand this
tell tales and promote his new book, “Adirondack Hotels & Inns,” which
is coming out in April. He said the hotel era in the Adirondacks lasted
100 years from the middle of the 19th Century
the middle of the 20th Century.
Williams said he still enjoys these outdoors shows.
“ This is great,” he said. “This is kind of like a hobby for me.”
For more information on this weekend’s
show, call Mike Hauser at 725-5565, e-mail http://us.f654.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=mhauser%40frontiernet.net or
go online at http://www.adkshow.com./
Michael Anich covers Fulton County and Johnstown. He can be reached at http://us.f654.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=johnstown%40leaderherald.com.