8th annual outdoor show is the Southern Tier’s exhibition for getting back to nature
The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show, scheduled for Oct 11-12, 2014 in Bath, New York, offers a variety of wildlife shows, exhibitors and interactive activities. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County hosts the show at Wilkins RV, Inc. on Route 415, off I-86 Exit 37, for the public to celebrate the diversity of the region’s natural resources and connect them with a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Nearly 7,000 people have attended the show the past couple years and are finding it a fun, family place to spend time together engaged in healthy physical activities in the great outdoors. Regional businesses and services are encouraged to get on board soon – the best booths are filling up fast. Where else can an entire family go to spend a day enjoying exhibitors, demonstrations, wildlife shows and professional seminars? The $5 per car fee also includes free parking and a free show program.
So what’s new at the show in 2014?
Our featured performance this year will be exhibition shooting by the Gould Brothers of Minnesota. Steve Gould, 28, and his brother Aaron, 32, are arguably the hottest new act in a discipline that is as much showmanship as marksmanship. Legendary exhibition shooter Tom Knapp, who set a world record for shooting 10 airborne clays thrown in 2.2 seconds, died in April 2013 at the age of 62, but he didn’t go before essentially naming his successors: the Goulds. It’s an appropriate passing of the baton; were it not for Knapp, the Goulds might never have entered the business.
Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting (GBX) promotes the shooting and hunting sports, conservation, gun safety, and living with a purpose. Aaron and Steve Gould perform highly unique and entertaining live exhibition shooting shows for events across the country. From Aaron’s one handed push up shot to Steve’s limbo shot to the unique two person throw and load shots, we guarantee you have never seen anything quite like this!
Three featured wildlife shows both days will provide an introduction to a variety of animals.
- The Bwana Jim Wildlife Show features Jim Moulton, with 25 years as an animal handler, presenting the craziest and most educational wildlife show ever seen. Jim’s enthusiasm and outrageous wit helps him showcase reptiles such as snakes, alligators and turtles and other animals such as armadillos, wallabies, and exotic birds.
- MorganEagle Falconry provides conservation through education with handler Normajean Albright and her trained raptors. Paul Schnell and his Raptors in the Modern World will showcase a variety of hawks and owls, as well as a female bald eagle, Liberty, who will be available for photos with attendees.
- Scales n Tales will feature timber rattlesnakes up close and personal, discuss venomous and non venomous snakes that may be encountered in this region, and will highlight a 6-foot black ratsnake available to have photos with visitors.
The show is the place to be for the avid sportsman since Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County will bring together a number of professional speakers on outdoor topics. Seminars are offered on the hour throughout the weekend. Featured topics include Black Bears in New York State, the Bald Eagle Restoration Project, Ice Fishing techniques, Maple Syrup tapping and gradient system, Snakes of New York, Goose Hunting, Goose Calling Techniques, Forestry topics, and much more.
Two classes will be held throughout the weekend event. The Concealed Carry USA class, a four hour class from 8 a.m. to noon on October 12, will provide individuals the opportunity to obtain a concealed firearm permit that covers 34-39 states. Instructors are NRA and Utah-BCI certified. The Department of Environmental Conservation Hunter Education Course will be offered on Friday evening and Saturday and is open to students age 11 years and older.
The show also offers several ways to get involved to win trophies and prizes:
- The Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge on Sunday, October 12 at noon is the finale of a year-long Championship Series with competition for over $1,250 worth of prizes, including a $500 cash first place award. The event focuses on a typical owner/handler of a retriever that is a family companion as well as a hunting partner. The two contest levels consist of goose and duck hunting scenarios for handlers at least 12 years of age and older. The event is supervised and judged by Jim Beverly, a renowned retriever trainer from western New York with 47 years of experience in the waterfowl hunting industry. Entries cost $30 and winners will receive trophies and prize money with a door prize raffle for all. To register call Beverly at 716-474-4661. A final Qualifying Challenge will be held on Saturday, October 11 at 1:00 p.m.
- Youth can compete in a Turkey Calling Contest on Saturday sponsored by the Cohocton Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Visit the website for applications.
- Bring your bow and shotgun to the show to compete on our 3-D archery course, and the Youth Hunter Education Challenge’s clay pigeon flurry shoot. Younger archers will enjoy Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Shooting Sports Program’s archery education and shooting as well as the Crosman air rifle experience.
- New this year at the show is an ATV Challenge Course – take a turn on an ATV on the obstacle course. Don’t miss the Tomahawk Throw, Indoor Fishing Pond, Geocaching Treasure Hunt, Petting Zoo and Horse Rides. Outdoorsmen can bring their trophy mounts for official scoring at the New York Big Buck Club booth. Watch our chainsaw carver create amazing creations out of wood on Saturday. And pick up a Kanona Fire Department Annual Sportsman and Cash Raffle ticket. There will only be 1,000 tickets sold at $10 each. Get your chance at 20 great prizes including cash, shotguns, bows, and rifles. The stage in the garage will offer shows such as martial arts demonstrations and sportsman topics like the Safe Act through the weekend.
Over 100 exhibitors will be located both inside the RV showroom and garage as well as outside on the parking lot and grounds. Products include: hunting trips, cabins, archery products, skull mounts, tractors, clothing, gamemeat seasonings, painted feathers, sporting art, alpaca socks, coal boilers, fishing tackle, wildlife decor, guide service, military clothing, camping supplies, woodcrafts, boats, cider, jewelry, guns, trapping lures, ATV’s, and knives. The food court will offer everything from chicken BBQ, spiedies and deep fried cookies to pork, funnel cakes and curly fries.