We live in "outdoor" country - the best of woods, waters, valleys and mountains surround us. Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, skiing, skating, swimming, boating and snowmobiling fill the lives of Adirondack residents and visitors, alike. Sport shows, swap meets, contests, club meetings and other "outdoor" events provide information, fun and gathering places for participants. When we count our blessings, Adirondack connections should fall in the top 10.
One major annual event for those who love what the out-of-doors has to offer is scheduled for Feb. 18 and 19 at the Johnstown Moose Lodge. The Adirondack Outdoorsman Show, now in its seventh year, continues to attract vendors and outdoor enthusiasts to the two-day event. Promoter Mike Hauser of Twin Cities Sports Promotions has put together the right formula for a successful gathering, year after year.
The 2012 Adirondack Outdoorsman Show will attract hikers, fishermen, hunters, boaters, campers, and hundreds of others who love the out-of-doors and the Adirondacks. Attending the annual show has been known to drive away some of that wintertime cabin fever. The vendors and exhibitors will again feature a long list of outdoor related interests including snowshoeing, guiding, taxidermy, collectables, firearms, books, wildlife art, and Adirondack furniture, among others.
Each year, the Outdoorsman Show features current authors or outdoorsmen of note. The 2012 show will include author Don Wharton with his recent book, "Adirondack Sportsman's Reader." The "Bone Man," Sy Lloyd, will be there, and fly rod creator, Doug Moody, will build his Bark Eater Bamboo Poles.
Some 60 booths will fill the Johnstown Moose Hall on Route 30A for the two days, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Raffles, gear and equipment giveaways are a part of each day's events. Attendees will see such outdoor-related goods as archery gear, gloves, tools, game meat antiques, solar power, log cabin information, traps, outdoor vehicles, and who knows what else - it is an all-inclusive outdoor show with quality vendors and exhibitors.
Doug Moody, one of the guests at the show, has been making bamboo fly rods for more than 20 years. Forester Don Wharton, who has made previous appearances at the show, returns this year with his third outdoor book. There is a "skeleton in the show;" the Bone Man, Sy Lloyd, will be sharing his bone study display that has appeared far and wide. A record Brook Trout, art work of note, and outdoor books will be brought to the show by wildlife artist, writer, educators, designer, and NYS fishing record holder, Tom Yacovella. Outdoor writer Dan Ladd, another repeater at the show, has compiled his newspaper articles in his latest book.
And, if you want to know more about the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show, check out the www.adkshow.com; you might find a 2008 article that I wrote on the tradition of the Adirondack outdoor shows-"the Show must go on!"-I'll be there.