The 2014 Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Sportsmans Show offered something for a wide range of interests and tastes in outdoor activities at the E.A. Newell Golden Dome on Saturday.
Everything from high powered boats and camper trailers to fishing tackle and the work of talented North Country artists, innovators, inventors, taxidermists and artisans was on sale along with informational offerings from area fish and game clubs, the St. Lawrence Valley Sportsmens Club, the St. Lawrence Trappers Association, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Fishcap and others.
One of Ogdensburgs favorite sons, actor Mark Valley, took advantage of the information offered by the SLVSC booth to learn about the clubs on-going Walleye Stocking Program.
A stocking program which will take place later than usual this year because of flood levels in area rivers and streams.
Normally we would have eggs already but its going to be a while this year, said Jerry Lincoln.
This is a very nice show I have enjoyed it, said Valley who was home visiting family.
One person who was thoroughly enjoying the show was Jim Desclos owner of Uncle Jims Backwoods Goods which is located at 431 Market Road, Norfolk.
He reported a brisk day of business for his line of all natural and MSG-free products which he calls Gormet Fixins. Fixins which include meat snacks, chili mixes, meat marinades and rubs, grilling spices, dips and spreads, Italian sausage and meatball mixes, seasonings and different varieties of iconic mac and cheese.
Im a hunter and I just cant imagine polluting the meat. I buy ingredients (herbs, spices) from brokers all over the world and make everything myself, said Desclos.
I have done well today and I do well at all the shows I go to. I also do well with my web site (UncleJimsHomestead.com) but I dont plan to expand. I live a low key life. I am planning a trip to Alaska and Oregon and I also have a camp in New Hampshire where I spend time.
Canton resident Ethan Reynolds, the owner/inventor of Target-Commander, also reported a very busy day at his booth which included a digital target. Reynolds developed his invention and his company with the help of a new business-innovation program at Clarkson University.
Target Commander is an assisted aiming device worn by pistol, bow and rifle users. An elastic webbing is anchored at the belt with a clip which crosses up and over the shooting shoulder.
The device not only increases accuracy but also acts as a tether to increase safety.
I had a very busy day and things are going well with the business. Law enforcement agencies are very interested in Target Commander, says Reynolds.
I have shown Target Commander to law enforcement people in shows at Massena, Syracuse and Buffalo.
Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Pearson was pleased with the outcome of the annual show which has become one of the local harbingers of spring.
I dont have any exact figures yet but I think things went very well, she said