Fishing Heritage Day 2014
The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA), in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, hosted the sixth annual Fishing Heritage Day on May 17. The main event took place at both the State Fish Hatchery and the Otselic Town Park in South Otselic, NY. Three sets of musicians performed throughout the day in the Town Park. Also, from 12pm-3pm the Zoomobile from Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton featured a selection of live animals by the Town Hall. The U.S. Postal Service introduced the 2014 special stamp cancellation, with a design by local artist Betsy Jensen. As in previous years, there were several non-profit organizations along with various arts, crafts and antiques for sale in the Town Park, while food and drink offerings were provided by local nonprofit organizations. Nearby, at Gladding Braided Products, one of their vintage braiding machines was demonstrated, while down the street at the Otselic Valley Grange, guest author John Taibi, presented a 1-hour program entitled Rails, Rods, Reels and Creels, illustrating the association between railroading and the region's rivers and lakes. Once again, the Grange hosted a successful BBQ luncheon and their community-wide garage sales. In addition to the trout fishing clinics, and tours of the hatchery facilities, fishing educator Mike Riordan of Central Square, NY presented several program activities aimed at helping young anglers and their parents learn the basics of fishing, while Gary Romanic taught the art of fly casting next to the hatchery facility. Other attractions included an open house at the South Otselic Fire Department, including a K-9 unit, Amigo Search & Rescue, 095 and the State Rollover demonstration. In the center of the hamlet at the Otselic Valley Garage, several vintage farm tractors were displayed. This marked the sixth year that Fishing Heritage Day has provided an opportunity for hundreds of families to enjoy the heritage of South Otselic's tie to the sport fishing industry. For information on how to become a member of the OVF&HA, or to participate as a vendor or sponsor, please see the links on this website or call 315-653-7490.