Fishing Heritage Day 2018
Despite the All-Day rainy weather (first time in 10 years), Fishing & Heritage Day proceeded on May 19 th as planned.
In the Town Park live music was provided by Rylee Lum and Zachary Rowland, while DJ/musician Gary Morley made announcements and provided additional music for visitors throughout the day, pausing while Rick West showed off his “Birds of Prey”.
Also in the Town Park, the U.S. Postal Service's 2018 Fishing & Heritage Day cancellation, with original artwork by local artist Dan Faulkner, made its debut, while several vendors displayed and sold arts, crafts, antiques and food. New this year was the horse-drawn wagon rides by Lamplit Farm, taking riders on a tour through the hamlet with impromptu commentary by now Town Historian Michael Sheridan.
Balloon twister Dave Westervelt entertained young and old alike at both the Town Park and the Hatchery with his clever balloon creations.
At the Hatchery the trout fishing clinics, hosted by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Trout Unlimited, went on as scheduled, while other youth fishing programs were offered by Mike Rioridan, President of the Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum in Pulaski, home of the Gladding fishing line collection. Inside the State Fish Hatchery, fly tying demonstrations were carried out by the Chenango Chapter of Trout Unlimited, while examination and identification of aquatic insects (trout food) was led by the Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center.
Due to the weather, the corn hole tournament moved inside the First Baptist Church's recreation hall, and the “Duck Derby” race relocated to Gorge Creek.
The annual beef barbecue luncheon, along with a well received quilt show, was hosted by the Otselic Valley Grange.
The South Otselic Fire Department's open house, and carry-out chicken barbeque went as planned, and the Otselic Valley Garage hosted their display of vintage tractors in the center of town, while nearby, the Four County Library System Bookmobile welcomed folks to their mobile library.
For 10 years, Fishing & Heritage Day has provided an opportunity for thousands of family members to enjoy a special day celebrating the heritage of this historic “fishing line capital of the world”. Check out the plans for 2019 and plan to bring family and friends to the 11 th annual event.
To participate as a vendor, a sponsor, or to become a member of the OVF&HA, please visit our other links on this website for information.