OLEAN, NY -- Whether coming off the big game season, enjoying winter sports, gearing up for spring fishing or looking to spend a fun day with family, everyone will enjoy the 8th annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show. It brings the whole of great outdoors under one roof! The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the show at the Good Times of Olean Events Center, 800 E. State St., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first floor will have 38 vendors; the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs, will have12 vendors.
CUTCO Cutlery Corporation, Ka-Bar Knives, Red Barn Gun Shop, Country Squirrel Outfitters, Microtel Inn & Suites of Olean, WPIG-FM and WMXO-FM have signed on as show sponsors. As more individuals and families travel shorter distances from home and take shorter vacations or mini-vacations, the Rec/ Sports Show will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities close to home. Exhibits will include camping, paddle sports, hiking, cycling, all-terrain vehicles, hunting, snowmobiling, bird watching, fishing, and more!
The 50 vendors that have signed up to date include Enchanted Mountains of Catt County; Pfeiffer Nature Center; Reloaders Anonymous; WPIG-FM / US Army; Stretch Bottle Art; Westfield Bait & Tackle; Hy-Haven Criations; WBRR; Numzaan Safaris; Cast Away Charters; Air Ivanhoe; Foxy's Knives; Kinzua Bridge State Parks; Otto-Eldred Youth Trap Team; LeafFilter North of New York; WMXO - FM; Kel's Gifts; Allegany / Cattaraugus County Pistol Clerk; Burning Asphalt Sauces; J & D Scuba Shop / Travel Club; Retriever Training by Jim Beverly; My Pillow; Allegany Mountain Resort; John's Guns; Buffalo Bob's Wild Game Jerky and Meat Stick; Arcade Chamber of Commerce; Verizon; KR Communications; Main Street Outlet; The Mountain; Gourmet Creations by Kim; MIDA; Microtel Inn & Suites; Eagle Dream Rehab Center; Red Barn Gun Shop; Braymiller Builders; Red House Brook Chapter Trout Unlimited; Country Squirrel Outfitters; Bobcat of Olean; Olean Times Herald and Wade Robertson; Whitetail Food Plots; Ench Mtn Chap. National Wild Turkey Federation; Cattaraugus County SCOPE; Cutco KA-BAR Visitor Center; Greater Allegany County Chamber; The Everyday Hunter; Spectacular Sports; Mud Creek Guns Ammo; and Girl Scouts of Western New York.
In addition to the vendors, the show has lined up many speakers to touch on a variety of topics. Paul Cwiklinski will speak both days on Property & Wildlife Management through Food Plots. He has been a whitetail hunter for 54 years and done food plotting for 28 years and has presented at the Archery Trade Association, Safari Club International Convention and the Dallas Safari Club Convention.
Jackie Emslie of Poughkeepsie has been conducting firearms training programs since 1996. She is an NRA-certified instructor for rifles, handguns and Refuse to be a Victim. She brought the NRA's Women on Target program to New York, still conducts several clinics each year and assists other gun clubs with holding their own. She has developed several specialized courses for Girl Scouts, local college groups and other community organizations. She serves as the rifle instructor and has presented on surviving active attack scenarios for the award winning Becoming an Outdoors Woman program in New York. Topics that she will touch on at the Olean Sports Show are Outdoors Woman Program, and A Woman’s Guide to Purchasing Firearms.
Jim Beverly will be appearing at the 2017 Outdoor and Rec Sports Show to conduct retriever-training seminars featuring his team of dogs.
The show will also feature talks on Calling and Killing Spring Gobblers; Walleye Fishing the Great Lakes; Kayak Basics; Property & Wildlife Management through Food Plots; Backpacking 101; Dog Retrieval Basics; Birds of Prey, at the Eagle Dream booth, and Rock Climbing 101.
Country Squirrel Outfitters from Ridgway, Pennsylvania, will be the show’s official outfitter, bringing info on kayaks, bicycles and hiking supplies; snowshoes and cross country skiing, and hunting accessories. CSO will also have the opportunity for show goers to demo the snowshoes and skis!
Red Barn Gun Shop will be back for its second straight year of sponsoring the show raffle and will display product lines of guns and rifles as well as accessories. Both Allegany and Cattaraugus County Pistol Clerk will be on the floor both days. CUTCO Cutlery and Ka-Bar Knives will also return as a show sponsor and vendor showcasing their wide variety of household and hunting knifes.
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will host a raffle during the show. The raffle includes a chance to win one of many prizes: GRAND PRIZE: Savage Model 11 Trophy Hunter with 6.5 Creedmoor (or any standard Glock or Cross Bow) (Retail Value $595); 2nd PRIZE: Outlander Ski Package - a cross country ski package include skis, bindings and poles. (Retail Value $375); and additional PRIZEs: Kabar Becker Crewman (Retail Value $121.76); Cutco Gut Hook (Retail Value $113.00); and Kabar USMC (Retail Value $104.90).
Tickets are $5 or five for $20 with a limit of 500 tickets. The drawing will be held Sunday. Tickets can be purchased now at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and at the show in January. The prizes were supplied by: Red Barn Guns, Franklinville, NY; CUTCO Cutlery Corporation, Olean, NY; Ka-Bar Knives, Olean, NY; and Country Squirrel Outfitters, Ridgway.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Children 12 and under are free with an adult.
The seminar schedule is as follows:
All day Snowshoe Demo (Backyard) Country Squirrel Outfitters
11:30 a.m. Outdoors Woman Program, The Point conference room
noon Dog Retrieval Basics, at Jim Beverly's booth, upstairs
12:15 p.m. Property & Wildlife Management through Food Plots, The Point conference room
1 p.m. Calling and Killing Spring Gobblers, The Point conference room
1:45 p.m. Walleye Fishing the Great Lakes, The Point conference room
2:15 p.m. Dog Retrieval Basics, at Jim Beverly's booth, upstairs
2:30 p.m. A Woman’s Guide to Purchasing Firearms, The Point conference room
3:15 p.m. Kayak Basics, The Point conference room
All day Snowshoe Demo (Backyard) Country Squirrel Outfitters
11:15 a.m. Property & Wildlife Management through Food Plots, The Point conference room
noon Backpacking 101, The Point conference room
12:15 p.m. Dog Retrieval Basics, at Jim Beverly's booth, upstairs
12:45 p.m. A Woman’s Guide to Purchasing Firearms, The Point conference room
1 p.m. Birds of Prey, at the Eagle Dream booth, upstairs
1:30 p.m. Calling and Killing Spring Gobblers, The Point conference room
2 p.m. Rock Climbing 101, The Point conference room