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6th Annual Sportsman’s Show set for Saturday in Ogdensburg

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The sixth annual Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Sportsman’s Show set for this Saturday will feature 42 of the area’s top areas fishing, boating, hunting and trapping vendors.

Area sportsmen will get a chance to browse through a paradise of hunting and fishing boats, ATVs and ATV apparel, campers, sports equipment and memorabilia, fishing rods and lures, decoys, game calls, country and wildlife themed crafts and decor, maple products, and jerky rubs.

Joseph H. Dishaw, owner of J.D. Knifeworks, Ogdensburg, has been attending the show since its first opening. He said the show offers him an opportunity to show off his knives of all shapes and sizes with different blades and handle configurations. Some are made of wood, animal horn, bone or antler.

“I’ve been crafting and creating knives for 20 years,” Mr. Dishaw said. “It began as a hobby, but it’s something that has grown into much more.”

The St. Lawrence County Trappers Association will also be on hand to distribute pamphlets, information and applications.

“We’re also going and we’re going to have furs on display for the kids to look at,” Association President Ethan L. Reynolds said. “We’ll also be there to answer any questions adults or kids may have.”

The group will also be raffling off a lifetime state fur trapping license. Tickets are $2 each.

“They can use it for themselves or give it to anyone they want,” Mr. Reynolds said. “It’s a great deal.”

The show will also feature a rifle raffle as well as a hunting dog demonstration by Kenneth J. Tynon of the River Valley Gun Dog Club, a video and lecture by Adirondack Bow Hunters and an outdoor chainsaw carving demonstration by Terry McKendree.

As part of one of the show’s demonstrations, Joseph E. Wafilewski of JR Game Calls, Ogdensburg, will be demonstrating mouth, slate and box turkey calls.

“Calling and decoying are the best ways to hunt turkey in the spring because the turkeys are breeding and are in search of a hen,” Mr. Wafilewski. “When you mimic tom turkey, he is more likely to come out into the open.”

The Sportsman’s Show will be at the Edgar A. Newell II Memorial Golden Dome from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for those with current military ID, and families get in for $12. Children under 10 are admitted free.

For more information, contact the chamber office at 393-3620.

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