Looking for a break from the winter blues?
So was Mike Hauser of Twin Cities Sports Promotions when he created the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show six years ago.
The event has grown steadily since, now drawing thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to peruse the dozens of vendors and exhibitors set up outside and inside the Johnstown Moose Club off Route 30A.
"I noticed a need for this kind of event since there are so many hunters and outdoor enthusiasts in our region," Hauser said. "So I held the first outdoorsman show six years and it was an instant success."
This year's event is planned for this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More than 75 vendors are expected, with exhibits and items for sale pertaining to: hunting and fishing gear/supplies, guns, archery, trapping, boating, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, guides and charter services, taxidermy, snowmobiling, collectable knives, antique hunting and fishing gear, wildlife art and books and Adirondack furniture.
Hauser said his show rivals anything held in the Northeast, especially if you remove what he called "fluff vendors" or those exhibitors who aren't completely geared toward the outdoor-minded.
"You're not going to get grocery giveaways at my show," he said. "Remove fluff vendors like that and my show is as big as anything in the Northeast."
New this year is a giveaway of more than a dozen guided fishing and hunting trips, donated by outdoor guides and charter boat captains.
The giveaway - termed "Take Me Fishing & Hunting Raffle" - is aimed at getting youth involved in the outdoors. All proceeds will benefit the youth group that sells tickets, such as the Gloversville little league and girls softball booster club.
Tickets can be purchased at a cost of $3 each during the event or in advance by sending a check to: Gloversville Little League, PO Box 1056, Gloversville NY 12078.
Drawings for the trips will be held Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. and you need not be present to win.
In addition to the exhibitors, there will be door prizes drawn of free gear, a gun and equipment, Hauser said. Other featured guests, including authors and industry experts will give tips and seminars throughout the weekend.
They include wildlife artist and state brook trout record holder Tom Yacovella; outdoor writer and book author Dan Ladd and Kingsbury native Todd Mead, who will be signing copies of his newly published book "A Lifetime of Big Woods Hunting Memories - Hunting in the Adirondacks with a Father & Son."
Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $1 for children age 15 and under. For more information on the event and a full list of items to be raffled, go to www.adkshow.com or contact Hauser at 518-725-5565; firstname.lastname@example.org
John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He may be reached at email@example.com.