Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Fur Game Thousands Expected at Trappers, Fur Takers Convention

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Fur Game Thousands Expected at Trappers, Fur Takers Convention

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Dave Eckels has been a trapper since he was 10.

Now at age 50 and director of Division 3 of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association, he is organizing the group's annual convention, which runs today through Saturday at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

"We're expecting one of the biggest attendance [totals] because we're having a joint rendezvous with the Fur Takers of America, which should have between 5,000 and 7,000 conventioneers from all over the nation."

The three-day event, open to the public at a cost of $5 a day, will include trapping-related demonstrations and classes, trap- setting and skillet-throwing contests, 219 vendors plus another 100 "tailgate vendors" outside the grounds, a pig roast and banquet, and an award presentation at 5 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the beef and chicken banquet are $15.

"The trap-setting contest is a timed event to see who can go down a line and set a series of traps the quickest," Mr. Eckels, of Finleyville, said. "Winners for the skillet-throwing contest are determined by who can throw one the furthest. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of both contests."

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, located next to the fairgrounds, will run trolleys all day Friday, with pickups at the fairgrounds walk-in gate. Guests can ride a refurbished antique trolley on the four-mile, round-trip track with a stop at the museum for a tour. The price is $9, with discounts offered for children and seniors.

From 8 a.m. to noon Friday, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold a Cable Restraint Class in Hall 4 for those who want to be certified. The cost is $15, and participants can register at the District 3 booth in Hall 1. From noon to 2 p.m. Friday in Hall 4, Nancy and Jim Mahoney will lead a free class on making fur hats, and participants are requested to bring along a tanned fur that will be used in the class. The Mahoneys will also lead a free Dutch-oven- cooking demo from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Locations will be listed on the program's brochure.

Ninety percent of the convention's indoor vendors will be selling trapper-related items, but crafters, leather crafters and animal artists Sharon Davis from Montana and Joe Goodman from Ohio also will exhibit their works. …

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