For the first time, I’ll be presenting at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, which will run Friday-Sunday, March 6-8, at the University of Maine Field House in Orono. I’ve prepared two different presentations: “Lesser-known Maine hikes that are amazing” will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday; and “Hiking lessons learned the hard way,” will start at noon on Sunday.
For a full schedule of the programs at the show and other information, visit www.conservationassociation.org/sportsmensshow/sportsmensshow.htm.
Go! There is seriously something for everyone at this family-friendly event. This year, there will be more than 150 vendors, from taxidermists to Heidi Jo’s Jerky to the BDN. Yes, well will be there. I plan to be at the booth on Saturday and Sunday — when I’m not giving my presentations, that is. Stop by and chat with John Holyoke and I. Ask us questions. (Ask John especially tough questions.) There are tons of contests going throughout the field house, including many free drawings for outdoor gear.
Some things I look forward to: the hunting dogs and their unbelievable feats of control and obedience, the canoe and kayak demos in the pool, the fudge, the outdoor-related artwork, the friendly faces of veteran exhibitors and talking with BDN readers, of course. That’s always the highlight of the show — actually getting a chance to meet some of the people that have read my column.
I’m going to be there for hours, so please come and make my day.
It was amazing to meet so many fellow hikers and wildlife enthusiasts last weekend at the Brewer Cabin Fever Reliever, a similar event on a smaller scale. I was especially touched to meet a few readers who I have been corresponding with via email and through my blog but hadn’t met in person! Hugs were in order. And my presentation there went great, even when I stumbled a bit on my words, the crowd was especially attentive and encouraging. They asked some great questions and even shared with me a few trails I should check out, such as the trails on the Nahmakanta Public Reserved Land.
I will be posting information from both of the presentations here on the blog after this weekend, just in case you can’t make it… but I hope you can make it!