Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show has gone to the dogs, with dock dog and hunting dog demonstrations
ORONO –More than 120 exhibitors and a few dozen dogs will pack the New Balance Field House, Memorial Gym and Wallace Pool at UMaine in Orono this weekend, as the Penobscot County Conservation Association presents the 81st Annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show. From Friday afternoon through Sunday, outdoor sporting enthusiasts will be treated to educational programs, exhibits and live demonstrations including hunting dogs and — new this year — Maine’s own Seacoast Dog Docks, an affiliate of Dock Dogs National. Dock diving is an exciting performance sport that is all about fun for dogs, their owners and spectators. Dock Dogs will perform in the pool on Saturday and Sunday. Other featured demonstrations and programs include fly-tying, canoe and kayak paddling, bow hunting, live owls, and how to become a Maine Guide.
The Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show is truly a family show, with kid-friendly hands-on demonstrations and educational exhibits. This annual rite of spring offers a chance for all to get a jump on planning their spring and summer outdoor activities. Browse the vendor booths and exhibits, watch a live demonstration on stage in the Memorial Gym, learn how to call a moose, attend a talk on tips for setting up your game camera, or see a fly-casting demo in the pool. A complete list of exhibitors, programs and demonstrations throughout the weekend can be found at www.ConservationAssociation.org and exhibitor and program highlights appear on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pccasportshow/.
The Penobscot County Conservation Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization composed of sportsmen and women from the greater Bangor/Brewer area. Founded in 1928, the PCCA’s mission is to promote and preserve our sporting heritage and wildlife. Proceeds from club events like the Sportsmen’s Show fund conservation activities, scholarships for students majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Biology, and various adult and youth educational sporting programs throughout the year.
The show runs from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Admission is $8 per day for adults or $12 for a weekend pass. Children under 12 are admitted at no charge. Only service dogs are allowed to enter. Shuttle bus service is available from the Collins Center and Steam Plant parking lots.