Sportsmen and women, along with their families, are invited to attend the annual Sportsmen's Rendezvous, planned for Friday through Sunday. The event will be held at its longtime location on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley. It is sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Trappers' Association.
Organizers report that numerous vendors have signed up for the event, and will be offering a bigger-than-ever selection of outdoor-sports-related merchandise for sale. Featured will be products used in archery, black powder shooting, trapping, and fishing, among others. Gun dealers and taxidermists will also be in attendance.
Other items include arts and crafts such as quill and bead work, outdoor furniture, hand-made leather moccasins, birdhouses, and nature paintings and photographs. These and countless other articles may be admired or purchased at the booths located under the grandstand, in the Domestic Building and all along the midway between the two.
No visitor should miss a visit to the encampment of "mountain men," who plan to set up near the infield gate nearest the grandstand. Youngsters will find it fun to watch this group of men, women and children going about traditional daily activities as they were performed a century or two ago. Since interaction is encouraged, onlookers can mingle and ask questions, and in doing so, have the opportunity to do some "painless learning" about American life in colonial times. History buffs will find that the re-enactors have gone to great pains to educate themselves about the time period they're portraying.
As always, the rendezvous' organizers have exerted themselves to make it a family-friendly event. Parking is still $5 a car (with no admission fee for individual occupants), and overnight camping is permitted. Food is available on the grounds, including a Saturday-only chicken barbecue. No alcoholic beverages are served. All in all, it can be a pretty economical weekend.
A number of live demonstrations have been lined up for Saturday, and will be held throughout the day. These include several trapping seminars (coon, fisher, fox and coyote), as well as a UKC dog show and other happenings. On Sunday, gobblers reign, as the traditional WTF turkey calling contest takes place.
The show's schedule is: Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.