Meadville Tribune

Outdoors

August 8, 2013

Fishing, hunting seminars and kid-friendly fun set for Outdoor Showcase

WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Armstrong is looking for hunting, fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, experts and vendors to participate at this year’s Antlers and Anglers Outdoor Showcase, which is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. The event offers local sportsmen, vendors and outdoor organizations the opportunity to sell and demonstrate their wares and conduct educational seminars.

“We see Antlers and Anglers as a fledgling event, but growing each year — in fact, the potential for growth is big,” said Joan Kocan, Armstrong marketing coordinator. “We want to offer a venue that provides an opportunity to showcase what we have locally — from custom-made bows to specialty knives to lures to camping equipment. We don’t want it to be just an ordinary vendor show but also an educational and networking opportunity. Seminars are planned on deer management, fly tying, bow making, hunting and trapping, wild game cooking, bird dogs and more.”

Armstrong hopes to balance out the event with seminars and information on conservation and education that teach and encourage the stewardship of our natural resources, Kocan said.

Back by popular demand is Buckeye Sportsman’s Dan Armitage with his popular and entertaining fishing seminars. Included is Fishing 411, which is designed to captivate children with puppets and props to teach them fishing basics.

Armitage’s presentations along with other seminars will be set on stage against the Hawg Trough, a 2,500 gallon aquarium stocked with fish indigenous to the area. The first 150 children under 14 each day will receive a cane fishing pole.

“Antlers and Anglers is a strong community outreach from Armstrong,” Kocan said. “We as a company and also as individuals have a vested interest in our area. We live, work, play here and raise our families to recognize and appreciate our natural resources.”

Antlers and Anglers reinforces Armstrong’s involvement and support of the area by not only creating and underwriting the event but incorporating the company’s Breaking Bread program as the “ticket” for entry, Kocan said. Breaking Bread is Armstrong’s continuing initiative to collect canned goods and nonperishable items for local food pantries. Admission is “two bucks or two cans” per person of canned goods or nonperishable food items. A family can donate one can per family member. Children under 6 are free. The donations will be earmarked for local food pantries.

Armstrong’s CTV-13 will videotape many of the seminars for content on the Crawford County Outdoors program. The seminars and presentations taped will also be available on Armstrong Video on Demand.

Cost for vendors has been reduced from last year. A 10x10 booth space is $75 and an 8-foot table is $50. The cost includes electricity and inside accommodations in Home Show No. 1. Local nonprofit organizations may apply for free space with approval based on relevance and contribution to the outdoor theme along with space availability.

n More information or to get involved with Antlers and Anglers: Call Kocan at 333-6731, ext. 228; email jkocan@agoc.com; or visit antlersandanglers.org.

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