1st Annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show
Adirondack Outdoorsman Show:
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 said.

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 of record deer 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.


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