Following the success of the first-ever Sportsman's Expo in East Hampton last year, another one is being held with even more exhibitors this weekend.
Organized by the East Hampton Sportsmen's Alliance, the expo offers information, demonstrations and tips on outdoors activities, from archery to fishing.
The expo will be held on the grounds of the Amagansett Fire Department on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.
Activities include hunting dog demonstrations, decoy carving, and fly tying demonstrations. Exhibitors include those with expertise in archery and waterfowl hunting, turkey hunting, deer hunting, fly fishing, muzzleloading and shoguns. Boating and gun safety tips will be offered.
Steven Tekulsky, a founding member of the alliance, said the event is "A way for the community to support the East Hampton Sportsmen's Alliance which supports the rights of East Hampton residents to fish, hunt, and participate in all traditional sportsmen's activities on the East End."
Formed in 2010 as a not-for-profit organization, the Sportsmen's Alliance was created "to provide a voice to the sportsmen of East Hampton, by operating a club to preserve, protect and advance the heritage of hunting, fishing, trapping, shellfishing and other wildlife activities" within the town. It promotes all outdoors sportsmen's activities.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the East Hampton Town Trustees, the US Coast Guard, the East Hampton Town police, Ducks Unlimited, and dozens more are participating.
Also, the Cornell Cooperative Extension will set up a tent on the grounds and lead a Marine Meadows workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by the Town Trustees, who have shown their support for the Extension’s eelgrass restoration efforts by approving a proposal to conduct monitoring and restoration of eelgrass in Napeague Harbor, participants on Saturday will work with CCE staff to weave eelgrass shoots, harvested from healthy donor meadows in local waters, into specially designed, biodegradable burlap planting discs, according to Deborah Klughers, a trustee.
"Once assembled, these discs will temporarily be stored at CCE’s greenhouse facility and then planted by SCUBA certified CCE Marine Program staff at carefully selected restoration sites in Napeague Harbor. These newly created marine meadows will serve as important habitat for many species of finfish and shellfish," she said.
You may also purchase raffle tickets to win two shotgun and NYS lifetime license. Raffle tickets are $10 per ticket, or six for $50. There are all door prizes, as well.
Terry O'Riordan's famous chili will be served, along with other food and beverages.