2021 Fishing & Heritage Day

We are pleased to announce that the 12th Annual Fishing and Heritage Day will be coming to you virtually. The committee members and partners have pre-recorded many sessions to help you enjoy the event right from your home. Please follow the links and join any of our activities on the day of the event.

Please register to receive a reminder to join our virtual event.

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Event Highlights

More Activities...

Presentations and Performances

will be live on May 15, 2021.


  • Bandits on the Run

  • Susquehanna String Band

  • Jenni Larchar

  • Mark DeBottis

  • Pete Walrod singing the OVCS Alma Mater with drone footage of the valley


  • Our Otselic Homes - Mike Sheridan, Otselic Historian

  • Otselic Barns - Henry Drexler, Chenango County Historian

  • Local Historical Recipe from the Time Life book, American Cooking, presented by Chenango County Historical Museum

Also for students...


  • Fly Tying; Conservation - John Deierlein and Sam Scafidi, Trout Unltd

  • Children’s Fishing Program - Mike Riordan

  • Tour of Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum

  • Modern Marvels: History of Rope Making - Sparky Christakos

  • South Otselic Fish Hatchery - BJ Woodworth, DEC


  • My Dear Chester, premiere of one-woman play - Jack Sherman, Morgan Smith, Mike Foor-Pessin, Greg Milunich

  • Inmate #819: The Silencing of Maude Wright - Michael Foor-Pessin

  • The Finger Lakes Trail through the Otselic Valley - Peg Schmidt-Fuller

  • Winter Birds, Chenango Bird Club - Mike DeWispelaere

  • The Otselic Valley Grange - Marge Davis

  • Fish Hatchery Tree Swallow Research Project - Eric Paul, Rome DEC

  • Stories of Valley View Cemetery - Sharon Donahe

  • Maple Syrup and Christmas Trees in the Valley - Larry Selan, Aspen Allen

Presented by DCMO BOCES

Career Destinations Program


  • Aquaculture - Elisa Livengood, Morrisville College

  • Jobs in Agricuture - Alison Parrott, Future Farmers of America (FFA)

  • Working for the DEC - Jim Everard, Cortland DEC

Be A Part Of This Program...

The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA) is a nonprofit organization with a stated purpose to:

Provide opportunities for persons to learn the history of the region's role in sport fishing and the fishing line industry

Develop fishing related skills, including awareness of fishing tackle and equipment, fish species, seasons, locations, and services

Promote awareness and support for the region’s natural and historical resources, so as to help improve the quality of life for those who reside within the river valley and to encourage others to learn and appreciate its heritage and recreational resource opportunities

Your support preserves this effort and allows the OVF&HA to continue its mission.

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Buy A Commemorative

Red Cedar Ornament

Early Bird Offer

Order before May 15th and pay only $12


May 15th and after is $15.

Ornament dimensions are

4 1/2 " x 3". Ornaments will ship after May 15, 2021


Your membership in the Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association supports the cost of the Annual Fishing Heritage Day and support the Association's purpose to increase awareness and appreciation of the area's historic role in the sport fishing industry.

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