National Outdoor Show set Feb. 24-25
— 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.
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.