County pro­claims Na­tional Out­door Show Month

72nd Na­tional Out­door Show set for Feb. 24-25

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

— Dorch­ester County Coun­cil pre­sented a procla­ma­tion at its reg­u­lar meet­ing on Tues­day, Feb. 7, rec­og­niz­ing Fe­bru­ary as Na­tional Out­door Show Month.

The 72nd Na­tional Out­door Show will be held on Fri­day, Feb. 24 and Satur­day, Feb. 25 at South Dorch­ester School in Golden Hill.

The procla­ma­tion saluted the Na­tional Out­door Foun­da­tion Com­mit­tee for spon­sor­ing this event that high­lights the nat­u­ral re­sources and her­itage of Dorch­ester County, in­clud­ing trap­pers, sports­men, wa­ter­men, and wildlife.

Miss Out­doors 2016 Allyson Adams spoke about her ex­pe­ri­ence rep­re­sent- ing Dorch­ester County over the past year, lo­cally and in Cameron, La., at the Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Fes­ti­val.

“This year has been in­cred­i­ble,” Adams said. “I’m sad to have to give up this beau­ti­ful crown, but I’m ex­cited to see who gets to ex­pe­ri­ence this next year (as Miss Out­doors 2017).”

Sev­eral Na­tional Out­door Foun­da­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers and Lit­tle Miss Out­doors Jay­den An­ders and Lit­tle Mis­ter Out­doors Gavin Fitzhugh were also there to ac­cept the procla­ma­tion.

Fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin with the Miss Out­doors Pageant be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day, Feb 24. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for those wish­ing to dine and view ex­hibits be­fore the pro­gram.

Af­ter the pageant, the World Cham­pion Muskrat Semi­Fi­nals for Men and Women will be held.

The doors will open again at 10:30 a.m. Satur­day, Feb. 25, for the Lit­tle Miss and Lit­tle Mis­ter pageant, which be­gins at 11:30 a.m.

Satur­day af­ter­noon will be full of com­pe­ti­tions and demon­stra­tions in­clud­ing duck and goose call­ing, pole skin­ning, log saw­ing, muskrat cook­ing and much more.

Muskrat will be served all day un­til sold out.

The main event be­gins at 7 p.m. Satur­day and will fea­ture a live auc­tion, chil­dren’s races, corn shelling, oys­ter shuck­ing, trap set­ting, rac­coon skin­ning, nu­tria skin­ning and muskrat skin­ning.

The 4th Na­tional Out­door Show Cook­book will be on sale for $15 through­out the event.

Pre-sale wrist­bands good for all three events are avail­able at the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce and Foxwell Auc­tions un­til Thurs­day, Feb. 23. The cost $18 for adults and $7 for chil­dren. At the door, tick­ets will be $7 for adults and $3 for chil­dren ages 3 to 12. Sep­a­rate ad­mis­sion is re­quired for Fri­day’s show, Satur­day’s mati­nee and Satur­day even­ing’s show.

A full sched­ule of events and times and ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.na­tion­alout­door­show. org.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Mem­bers of the Na­tional Out­door Foun­da­tion Com­mit­tee and reign­ing Miss Out­doors Allyson Adams, Lit­tle Miss Out­doors Jay­den An­ders and Lit­tle Mis­ter Out­doors Gavin Fitzhugh ac­cepted a procla­ma­tion from the Dorch­ester County Coun­cil.

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