Whether coming off the big game season, enjoying winter sports, gearing up for spring fishing or looking to spend a fun day with family, everyone will enjoy the 8th annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show. It brings the whole of great outdoors under one roof! The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Sports Show at the Good Times of Olean Events Center, 800 East State Street, Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first floor will have 38 vendors, and second floor (accessible by elevator or stairs) will have 12 vendors.CUTCO Cutlery Corporation, Ka-Bar Knives, Red Barn Gun Shop, Country Squirrel Outfitters, Microtel Inn & Suites of Olean, WPIG-FM and WMXO-FM have signed on as show sponsors. As more individuals and families travel shorter distances from home and take shorter vacations or mini-vacations, the Rec/ Sports Show will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities close to home. Exhibits will include camping, paddle sports, hiking, cycling, all-terrain vehicles, hunting, snowmobiling, bird watching, fishing, and more!
In addition to the 50 vendors, the show has lined up many speakers to touch on a variety of topics. Paul Cwiklinski will speak both days on Property & Wildlife Management through Food Plots. Cwiklinski has been a whitetail hunter for 54 years and food plotting for 28 years. He has presented at the Archery Trade Association, Safari Club International Convention and the Dallas Safari Club Convention.
Jackie Emslie, of Poughkeepsie, NY, has been conducting firearms training programs since 1996. She is an NRA-certified instructor for rifles, handguns and “Refuse to be a Victim.” She brought the NRA’s “Women on Target” program to New York, still conducts several clinics each year and assists other gun clubs with holding their own. She has developed several specialized courses for Girl Scouts, local college groups and other community organizations. She serves as the rifle instructor and has presented on surviving active attack scenarios for the award winning Becoming an Outdoors Woman program in New York. Topics that she will touch on at the Olean Sports Show are Outdoors Woman Program, and A Woman’s Guide to Purchasing Firearms.
Jim Beverly once again will be appearing at the 2017 Outdoor and Rec Sports Show. Enjoy ongoing Dog Training Seminars that feature Beverly’s team of dogs displaying their acute ability by retrieving and working right at the show. He will also be available throughout the show for one-on- one questions.
The show will also feature talks on Calling and Killing Spring Gobblers; Walleye Fishing the Great Lakes; Kayak Basics; Property & Wildlife Management through Food Plots; Backpacking 101; Dog Retrieval Basics; Birds of Prey, at the Eagle Dream booth; and Rock Climbing 101.
Country Squirrel Outfitters from Ridgway, PA, will be the show’s official outfitter –they will bring down kayaks, bicycles and hiking supplies info; snowshoes and cross country skiing, as well as hunting accessories. CSO will also give the opportunity for show goers to demo the snowshoes and skis!
Red Barn Gun Shop will be back for their second straight year of sponsoring the show raffle. They will display product lines of guns and rifles as well as accessories. Both Allegany and Cattaraugus County Pistol Clerk will be on the floor both days. CUTCO Cutlery and Ka-Bar Knives will also return as a show sponsor and vendor showcasing their wide variety of household and hunting knifes.
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a raffle during their Greater Olean Area Outdoor and Recreation Sports Show. The raffle includes a chance to win one of many prizes. Grand prize is a Savage Model 11 Trophy Hunter with 6.5 Creedmoor (or any standard Glock or Cross Bow). Other prizes include an Outlander Ski Package, Ka-Bar Becker Crewman, CUTCO Gut Hook and Ka-Bar USMC .
Tickets are $5 or five for $20 with a limit of 500 tickets. The drawing will be held on Jan. 22. Tickets can be purchased now at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and at the show.
ADMISSION: Admission to the show is $3 adults and $2 students/seniors. Children 12 and under are free with an adult.