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Central PA Spring Outdoor Show this weekend

PHOTO PROVIDED An example of some of the wares available at this weekend’s Spring Outdoor Show.

From staff reports

MILL HALL — The fourth annual Central Pennsylvania Spring Outdoor Show is slated for this weekend at Bill’s Happy Camper RV Sales & Service, 15 North Water Street in Mill Hall. The three-day event, sponsored by Bill’s Happy Camper and Dotterer Equipment, Inc., runs Friday through Sunday, rain or shine.

This year’s Outdoor Show features a range of displays, equipment, and information on outdoor activities. There will be activities for the kids, chainsaw carving demonstrations, live music both Friday night and Sunday afternoon, and informational seminars Friday and Saturday.

Show hours are Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Bill’s Happy Camper will feature their full line of pull-behind travel trailers, fifth-wheels, and toy haulers for people to check out, plus a range of camping parts and accessories. Dotterer Equipment will show their full line of power sports equipment, from four-wheelers, motorcycles and side-by-sides, to tractors and lawn mowers.

Other vendors include Discount Pool & Spa World, JD’s Bait and Tackle, Central Mountains ATV Association, Indian Motorcycle of Muncy & State College, Keystone Elk Country Alliance, GLS Products – The Cheese Man, After Hours Satellite, Travel Resorts of America, Keystone Wood Products Association, Jeff Donoughe Chainsaw Carving, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Bath Fitter, Clinton County Economic Partnership & Visitors Bureau, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Association.

Show organizers have also scheduled four seminars covering timely topics. All of the presentations will be held indoors, inside the service garage at Bill’s Happy Camper.

Two seminars are scheduled for Friday.

At 3 p.m., Kara Gochnauer, Community Health Nurse with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Northcentral District, will talk about Lyme Disease, a growing health issue, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors. The presentation will include information on signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease, tick identification, how to check yourself and your pets for ticks, and when to contact your health care provider. There will be handout materials, and participants will receive a tick remover.

A 6 p.m. seminar Friday will highlight two topics – successful food plots, and how to age your deer. Dave Auman, president of the North Central Pennsylvania Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will present information on planting food plots and food plot management. He will also discuss how to age a Whitetail deer by their teeth, as well as how to age a live deer.

On Saturday at noon, Central Mountains ATV Association president Henry Sorgen will provide an update on the Northcentral PA ATV Initiative, a movement to expand ATV tourism, connect trails, gain local government support for allowing ATVs on municipal roads, and increase the number of legal miles of ATV trails.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, Clinton County Sheriff Kerry Stover and Clinton County District Attorney David Strouse will present a Concealed Carry Seminar. Their presentation will cover how to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, open versus concealed carry, and reciprocity laws, as well as the Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground and Duty to Retreat laws.

The Outdoor Show will also feature live music. The popular Clark McLane Band will entertain Friday starting at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the always entertaining Mama Corn will play from Noon to 2 p.m.

Both children and adults can enjoy barrel train rides, offered all three days by volunteers from the Central Mountains ATV Association.

There will also be a variety of food vendors at the show, including Howard Area Lions Club, W&W Concessions, Twilight Diner on Wheels, Rubles Concessions, and KC Kettle Corn.

Admission to the Outdoor Show and all seminars is free, and free parking is available. For more information, visit www.CentralPASpringOutdoorShow.com.

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