The 7th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show, scheduled for Oct 12-13, 2013 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 enjoy an educational experience of learning awareness and stewardship of our natural resources, participating in outdoor activities, and supporting local products and services.
Over 5,000 people have attended the show the past couple years and are finding it a fun, family place to enjoy activities and entertainment. Regional businesses and agencies are encouraged to get on board soon – the best booths are filling up fast. Where else can an entire family go for $5 and enjoy 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 2013?
Our featured guest this year will be the country’s premier trick archer, Byron Ferguson. Byron uses no sights or other gadgets when he shoots his traditional longbow. He can slit a playing card in half from the side, shoot an arrow through a diamond ring, and shoot eight dimes in a row out of the air. Byron was the first American invited to Europe to demonstrate his longbow skills since the legendary Howard Hill toured the continent more than 40 years ago.
Byron appeared on American Shooter on TNN, ESPN, ESPN2 and OLN for ten years where his “Shot of the Week” was the most watched portion of the show. He has worked with Jim Scoutten’s show “Shooting USA” on the Outdoor Channel and “Impossible Shots.” He has served as host and producer on TNN’s “Everything Outdoors,” is author of “Become the Arrow” and produces high quality video.
In addition to his daily shows, Byron will provide an archery clinic each day of the show. Class is limited to the first 20 participants and costs $50 per person. Payment must accompany registrations and be mailed to: CCE-Steuben, 3 E Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810, Attn: Ferguson Class.
Three featured wildlife shows both days will provide an introduction to a variety of animals.
The Wild World of Animals show is from Southwestern Pennsylvania and one of the premier grounds acts in the entertainment industry. They have appeared on national and local television shows such as David Letterman, Fox, Good Morning America and Pittsburgh Today. Its unique blend of animal diversity and environmental messages provide non-stop laughter for the whole family. The attraction is a fast-paced and energy-packed show of animals including a Big Cat, reptiles, birds & mammals, a turtle, tortoise, alligator, big snake, owl, monkey, binturong, porcupine, kangaroo, ostrich and more! The audience will learn interesting animal facts, laugh at their antics, and witness their amazing natural abilities.
MorganEagle Falconry provides conservation through education. The sport of falconry is one of the oldest and most regulated hunting sports known to man. See a Red Tailed Hawk up close and learn the history of falconry. Handler Normajean Albright is a New York State and Federally licensed Falconer and a member of the New York State Falconry Association. She will bring alive her experience in handling many types of raptors.
Apex Wildlife Education was created to develop an appreciation and understanding for misunderstood wildlife by employing the safe and legal display of live animals. Imagine th surprise of your friends and family when a friendly 14-foot albino python is presented. What about when they see a hairy tarantula the size of a human hand? Or how does a Diamondback Rattle sound? Come hear for yourself! And see a three foot Tegu lizard from South America who has a surprisingly pleasant disposition and touch the shell of an enormous African Tortoise. All experiences are interactive, educational and fun while maintaining a strict standard of safety.
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 numerous outdoor topics. Seminars are offered on the hour throughout the weekend. Featured topics include Black Bears in New York State, White Tailed Deer topics, turkey calling, techniques and species, tracking wounded deer with dogs, renewable energy, martial arts, and much more. The show also offers several ways to get involved to win trophies and prizes.
Sign up early for the Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge on Sunday, October 13 beginning at noon. This year’s contest will be 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.
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.
Don’t miss the Tomahawk Throw, Hunting Simulator, Indoor Fishing Pond, Geocaching Treasure Hunt, and Youth Turkey Calling Contest. Outdoorsmen can bring their trophy mounts for official scoring. Watch our chainsaw carver create amazing creations out of wood. 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. Winners are announced Sunday at the show.
Exhibitors will be located both inside the RV dealership and outside on the parking lot and grounds. Some of the products that will be offered 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.