1st Annual Adirondack Outdoorsman
Adirondack Outdoorsman Show:
highlights outdoors for attendees
By MATTHEW RABIN, The Leader Herald
(Sunday, March 5, 2006)
JOHNSTOWN - Everything from rifles to cabinets
were on display at the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show Saturday morning and
attendees came to check it out.
Attendees said they were awed by the variety
of the booths they could shop from. Turnout was such that in the early
hours of the show the room was so packed attendees could barely move,
according to Larry Carver, who was manning the Lock Stock and Barrel
Sporting Supply, LLC booth.
"This is great it has a lot more variety," Dennis
Johnson said, he was referring to a larger show he had recently
attended in Amsterdam.
Many other attendees had a similar response
and said they were pleased with the different booths.
More than 700 people came to the Adirondack
Outdoorsman Show in the first 2 1/2 hours.
This is the first outdoors show Mike Hauser
has organized, but has been organizing Baseball card shows for 16 years.
"[I] Came to the conclusion that there were
a lot more hunters and fishermen in the area then sports collectors," Hauser
The show featured fly-tying demonstrations
by John Sweeney, a book signing by Adirondack historian and
guide Don Williams, a book signing by Randall Gilbert and a display
mounts by the Wildlife Sports & Educational Museum.
"Definitely some local feel with a national
presence," Hauser said.
Some local businesses that set up booths at
the show were: Spray Nine, Johnstown; Taylor Made Products, Gloversville;
and Swany Gloves, Johnstown.
Hauser said Inspiration for the show came from
his deceased grandfather who took him fishing when he was a young boy.
A shadow box displaying Hauser's grandfather's lures was hung on the
wall behind the show's ticket booth, so that he could be there in spirit.
The show will continue today from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. at the Johnstown Moose Club. Admission is $3 for adults and $1
for children 12 and younger.
Hauser said he intends to plan another outdoor
show in the future.