The Sportsman's area at the Chenango County Fair

Next Tuesday opens the annual Chenango County Fair, and while you are having a great time on the rides, checking out the tractor pulls, and stuffing your face with cotton candy and fried dough, don't forget to mosey all the way down the first aisle to the conservation area and visit the displays put on by the Federated Sportsman's Clubs of Chenango County & Friends.

You will find a listing of the displays and times in the special section of the Evening Sun and Pennysaver that is dedicated to the fair. But I thought I would give you a little background of what is scheduled to be on display.

Hickling’s Fish Farm, Edmeston will be displaying live fish all week in the 150-gallon tank in building number two. There will be largemouth and smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, brown bullheads, yellow perch, rainbow, brook and brown trout, flathead minnow,s and walleye on display. These fish represent the most popular species in our area. If you have never caught one, now is the time to see what they look like up close. (

Friends of Rogers Environmental Center, Sherburne, will have a display and handouts all week in building two. Come and learn what has been going on since the center has reopened. Pick up a schedule of future events that will be held at the center and educate yourself on a variety of nature themes, from wildflowers to bats, from owls to canada geese. The display will not be manned all week, but information is there for the taking. (www.friendsofrogers.org0

The Bullthistle Hiking Club, Norwich, will also have a display on hand all week for those interested in hiking. The club probably has the largest age-span of the 120 members, from infant to ripe old 94. Hikes during the week are generally along the Finger Lakes Trail system and Sunday hikes, led by historian Don Windsor, take off on jaunts throughout the Chenango countryside. Come see the display, learn about the hikes, talk to one of the members, and join the fun on the trails. I have personally hiked with Don and many others in the club and can attest to it being quite interesting, enjoyable and educational. (

On Tuesday, Al Marsters from Sherburne, a renowned turkey hunter, will be on hand to display a variety of turkey hunting gear. From box calls to diaphragm call, decoys to mounted turkeys. Al has been hunting turkeys since way back when, and is one of the most experienced turkey hunters in the county. So come down and jaw with a real master and learn tips and techniques that will help you bring home your next gobbler. (

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