Meadville Tribune

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September 15, 2012

Waterfowl Expo benefits waterfowl conservation

LINESVILLE — “It’s all about bucks for ducks,” said Expo Chairman Rich Guiney, referring to the event’s proceeds for the 31st annual Pymatuning Waterfowl & Outdoor Expo this weekend.

The event is held by wetland conservationist group Ducks Unlimited and will feature hunting and outdoor presentations as well as demonstrations and prizes.

“I’m very excited for it; we’re getting great feedback,” said Guiney.

Having seen the event grow considerably over the past decade, Guiney expects upwards of 4,500 people as compared to last year’s 3,500-plus.

The event runs today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Conneaut Area Senior High School, formerly Linesville High School, 302 W. School Drive, Linesville. Admission is $5 and is free for children 5 and under.

“We encourage all ages to attend,” said Guiney.

A wide variety of events and drawings will be held at the school and surrounding buildings, including a duck banding-and-release program led by Kevin Jacobs, biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

“Every year he gets more and more people,” said Guiney. “He’s even had kids release ducks; and there’s no greater joy than seeing a smiling child release a duck.”

The program will be held today at 11:30 a.m. in the Pymatuning Wildlife Learning Center, Spillway Road.

At 5 p.m., doors will open to the Ducks Unlimited auction, and those attending will have the chance to win a Jon-Boat with more than $5,000 in prizes.

Another highlight of the expo is today’s open carving contest, entered and judged in past years by Ohio ornithologist Norm Kanieski.

“Dr. Norm is one of the top bird carvers in the world,” said Guiney. “For him to come to our expo is great. It just shows some of the unique people you can find at our event.”

Entries will be accepted until noon and judged at 12:30. Winners will receive cash prizes.

“The biggest highlight on Sunday is definitely the calling contest,” said Guiney.

The Pymatuning Regional Duck and Goose Calling Contest will feature divisions open to competitors above and below the age of 16.

Registration for the contest will begin at noon, with the event starting at 12:30.

This year’s expo has attracted 15 new vendors, a record number of additions for the expo.

“We’ve never advertised as much as we did this year,” said Guiney. “We appreciate all of the attention and positive feedback.”

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