By Jennie Acklin
The Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Spring Sportsmen’s Show takes place April 9-10 at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds and if you’re in the market for sporting goods, this is the place to be.
The 2016 show gives you the opportunity to buy, sell, trade or just browse the wares of some 150 vendors offering a wide array of fishing tackle, sporting goods, charter fishing trips, game calls, taxidermy, antique and modern firearms and more.
It all takes place at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds (501 Erie St., Little Valley, NY) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.
Whether you are into fishing for steelhead or getting ready for the upcoming turkey hunting season (which starts May 1), vendors will display just about anything an outdoor sportsman might need.
Cattaraugus and Allegany County Pistol Clerks will also be available both days to conduct national instant criminal background checks for attendees wishing to sell and purchase firearms.
Admission is just $5, and kids under 12 are free.
The Sportsmen’s Show is the department’s main fundraiser of the year and draws visitors from 100+ miles away. Event organizer and LVVFD member Jim Miller said more than 1400 people attended the event last year and he hopes to reach 2000 attendees this year.
Proceeds from the show are used to purchase essential equipment and maintain the Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s facilities. The department provides both fire and ambulance service to a large geographic area, including the town and village of Little Valley and parts of the town of Mansfield.
While you’re at the sportsmen’s show, be sure to talk with some of the LVVFD members who will be there throughout the event about becoming a volunteer. Miller can’t emphasize how important it is to attract more volunteers.
“When I joined the department in the 1980s, we had 75 members and a waiting list,” he said. Now we have maybe 30 active members, and sometimes it’s hard to get anyone to respond to a call.”
If you’re interested in joining the department, “we really need extra hands,” he said.
For more information about becoming a volunteer or about the Sportsmen’s Show, call Miller at 716-938-6928.