Fishing Heritage Day 2016
FISHING HERITAGE DAY 2016
The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA) eighth annual Fishing Heritage Day on
Saturday, May 21, included a special celebration of Gladding's 200th anniversary. Founded in 1816 by
John Gladding, the company started out as a rope maker, before becoming internationally known for
the quality fishing lines it developed and produced. In honor of the Gladding Company's early
beginnings, before becoming the “oldest and largest fishing line manufacturer in the world”, a special
“rope walk” and vintage braiding machine were being demonstrated, and tours of the Gladding factory
given. A book, telling the story of the Gladding company, made its debut, and was sold and signed by
the author. Following the day's usual program activities, in honor of Gladding's 200 years, there was a
special ceremony followed by a community dinner and a special concert by the Norwich-based band,
Fishing Heritage Day's also included it usual offerings at the State Fish Hatchery, the Otselic the Town
Park in South Otselic, and other locations in the hamlet. Three sets of local musicians performed
during the day in the Town Park. The Ross Park Zoomobile from Binghamton, presented a select
sample of live animals at the Town Hall, and the U.S. Postal Service introduced their 2016 special
Fishing Heritage Day stamp cancellation, honoring Gladding. As in previous years, several non-profit
organizations, along with various arts, crafts, antiques and food items were available in the Town Park.
The first “Duck Derby”, saw over 100 rubber ducks streaming down a short stretch of the Otselic
River. The Otselic Valley Central School conducted a 5K run/walk at the soccer field, while nearby, the
Otselic Valley Grange, celebrating their centennial year, held their annual beef barbecue luncheon,
while again hosting the annual community-wide garage sales.
The trout fishing clinics held by NYS DEC and two chapters of Trout Unlimited were well attended,
where beginner anglers tried their hand at fishing. The South Otselic Fire Department, in partnership
with the Auxiliary, held an open house and special programs, plus a carry-out chicken barbeque. In the
center of the hamlet, at the site of the former historic Cox Block, the Otselic Valley Garage arranged for
the display of antique tractors from the surrounding region.
During the past seven years, Fishing Heritage Day has provided an opportunity for hundreds of family
members to enjoy the heritage of this historic “fishing line capitol of the world”.
Please refer to our other links on this website for information on how to participate as a vendor or
sponsor, or to become a member of the OVF&HA