Monday, 18 March 2019 12:43

81st annual sportsmen's show draws thousands

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ORONO - About 100 exhibitors were at the University of Maine's Memorial Gym over the weekend for the 81st annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show.

Exhibits included canoes, hunting dogs, trapping, firearms and taxidermy. The show is hosted by the Penobscot County Conservation Association and run entirely by volunteers.


The proceeds from the event provide scholarships for students.


"It's a real family weekend. We encourage the family to come out. It's a rite of spring here in Maine. It's just nice enough to get out -- but not stay out -- so come to the sportsman show," said Tony Richard, a conservation association board member.


Richards said organizers expected between 5,000 and 7,000 visitors to turn out.