Na­tional Out­door Show set Feb. 24-25

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

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

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 starts at 11:30 a.m.

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

Muskrat will be served all day un­til sold out.

The main event will start at 7 p.m. Satur­day, and 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 is $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.

Dorch­ester County Coun­cil pre­sented a procla­ma­tion on Feb. 7, rec­og­niz­ing Fe­bru­ary as Na­tional Out­door Show Month.

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.

At the pre­sen­ta­tion, Miss Out­doors 2016 Allyson Adams spoke about her ex­pe­ri­ence rep­re­sent­ing 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).”

Pi­rates, smug­glers and pri­va­teers re­turn to South Dorch­ester School Satur­day, Feb. 25, when authors Andy Nunez and A. M. Fo­ley bring their lat­est books to the Na­tional Out­door Show.

Fo­ley and P. Smith Rue re­cently re­leased “Hol­land Is­land: Lost At­lantis of the Ch­e­sa­peake,” which sketches the col­or­ful past of is­land set­tlers and recre­ates rugged life around Dorch­ester County’s south­ern­most ter­ri­tory. Hol­land Is­land, de­pop­u­lated nearly a cen­tury ago, is still held dear by fam­i­lies in this area, its erod­ing acreage as cur­rent and lamented as the evening news.

Nunez’s “Pi­rates of the Eastern Shore” re­lates lit­tle known tales of dar­ing-do in our home waters. He also IS cel­e­brated for au­thor­ing books on lo­cal ghosts and trea­sure hunt­ing, and is in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for his ex­per­tise on the Civil War.

Fo­ley au­thored “Hav­ing My Say: Con­ver­sa­tions With Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Waterman Wylie “Gator” Ab­bott,” who reigned 13 years as World Cham­pion Muskrat Skin­ner. His grand­son, Ja­son Ab­bott, the 2015 cham­pion, will com­pete at Satur­day night’s com­pe­ti­tion, Feb. 25.

Both writ­ers will be at the show all day Satur­day, Feb. 25, when doors will open at 10:30 a.m.

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

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Miss Out­doors 2016 Allyson Adams meets with the 2017 Miss Out­doors Pageant con­tes­tants Sun­day, Feb. 12, for the tra­di­tional tea be­fore the Na­tional Out­door Show. From left, Kate­lyn Robin­son, Car­leigh Fra­ley, Kather­ine Brad­shaw, Allyson Adams, Alexan­dra Col­man, Jor­dan LeCompte and Sa­man­tha Sim­mons.

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