Carla Kolbe - Robert Kazmierski with the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum in Vail Mills.
Carla Kolbe - Terri Bice who held an Archery Hunting for Trophy Bucks seminar partakes in the sportsmen’s banquet.
Carla Kolbe - Vendor booth for Johnny Boy Hydrographics.
Carla Kolbe - SBC Board of Directors member Tom Hobson.
By JARRETT CARROLL
For the Express
BROADALBIN — After warm temperatures and a good turnout everyone seemed game for the Third Annual Sportsman’s Dinner at the Sacandaga Bible Conference and Retreat Center on Saturday.
With guest speakers, a sporting goods expo, and a menu featuring everything from rabbit to wild boar there was something for just about every outdoor enthusiast flocked to what has now become an annual regional attraction.
Steve Sorensen, an award-winning outdoor writer from Russell, Pennsylvania, was the featured guest speaker for the event who shared the day with other speakers such as Bill Kozel, Terry Bice, Dick Killinski, Jim Abbott, Paul Trembley, Marty Simons, and Steve George.
Topics ranged from high peaks climbing to bow hunting and ice fishing to wilderness survival and turkey hunting.
For those checking out some new gear for their next outdoor adventure, Sean Sullivan from the recently opened Outdoor Outlet in Mayfield was on hand to make some suggestions.
“This is my first-ever trade show, we just opened up in July on Route 30 about a mile south of the Northville Bridge,” he said. “It was great day to get together and meet some of the other guys in the industry.”
Outdoor Outlet is a national company based out of the Los Angles area and Sullivan said he wondered into the opportunity to run it’s upstate New York operation after a happen chance meeting with the company’s owner, who is originally from the area, in local establishment.
“I just finished 30 years in the military and I met the CEO ... and he went back to Pasadena [California] and told them ‘I met the perfect guy to run our East Coast store,” Sullivan said, adding, “and now I’m that guy.”
So far, it’s been a pretty good run.
“It’s been great,” said Sullivan. “I get a lot of support from the locals, which is great, and a lot of people come in to see what I’ve got in that’s new because it’s really amazing some of stuff we can get our hands on.”
For the bow hunters and archery competitors, Mark Myers from Havoc Archery, which is located on Central Avenue in Albany, was showing off some of the latest and greatest bows out on the market.
“I brought the newest equipment on the market today with many of our 2012 models,” he said. “Guys that have shoulder problems or don’t want to hold the weight anymore go with these lighter bows and most can’t believe their shooting again when they try them out.”
The bows ranged anywhere from $300 to $1,300, leaving plenty of room for beginners and experts alike to check out the selection.
“We’re really try to kids and youths into archery,” Myers said.
Locally, Bill Dake from Adirondack Backpacking Supply in Vail Mills set up a booth for the second year in a row at the Sportsman’s Dinner. He said much of his business relies on people passing through Route 30 for the area’s outdoor recreational opportunities.
“Spring, summer, fall, we get a lot of hikers and stuff like that,” Dake said. “We did pretty well today though, too.”
Aside from some shopping and guest speakers, many came for the hunter’s favorite part: The Sportsman’s Menu.
Lucky diners could be seen filling their plates with things like spaghetti with wild board “Sunday gravy,” lasagna with bison, beef and elk meat sauce, homemade focaccia, Caesar salad with homemade venison chorizo, butter and brown sugar-glazed carrots with spicy rabbit bites, and green beans with smoked duck bacon.
The Sacandaga Bible Conference and Retreat Center is located at 191 Lakeview Rd. in Broadalbin and hosts weekly and season events, which can be found online at www.sacandagacamp.com.
Jarrett Carroll - Mark Myers of Havoc Archery in Albany shows off some of the latest light-weight model bows.
Carla Kolbe - Keynote speaker outdoor sports writer Steve Sorensen.