MIFFLINBURG — Thousands of outdoor lovers from across Central Pennsylvania and beyond will descend on the Mifflinburg Intermediate School this weekend as Standard Journal presents its 16th annual Valley Outdoors Cabin Fever Expo.
The free show will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event will be held regardless of the weather.
Standard Journal’s Karen Hendricks coordinates the show, along with her husband Larry and daughter Jamie. Karen estimates between 4,000 and 5,000 people attend the show each year.
“This time of year, especially this winter, people are looking for a chance to get out and do something,” Karen said. “In this area, there’s a big interest in the outdoors.”
Over 90 vendors will be participating. There are no additional vendor spaces available.
“A lot of the (vendors) are local but we have people from the Harrisburg area,” Karen said. “We have some of the charter fishing people coming from New York.”
She said it’s worthwhile for the vendors to travel to participate.
“I’ve had a couple of charter captains tell me they get a good response from this area,” Karen said.
Three vendors, Bob’s Cycle Shop, TOP Calls and Tom’s Custom Bates, have participated in the show each year it’s been held.
“There are several that have been there all but one or two years,” Karen added. “We appreciate the fact that they keep coming back year after year.”
Those who attend will have the opportunity to register at the Valley Outdoors’ booth for a variety of door prizes, including fishing rod and reels, tackle and gift certificates.
A number of grand prizes will be offered at the show, including: A cow elk hunt from Straight Pine Elk and Deer, a compound bow from Ulrich’s Archery, pheasant hunts at Dry Valley Farm and Martz’s Gap View Hunting Preserve, a custom fishing rod and reel package from Clarks’s Wiggly Worm Bait and Tackle, a pheasant hunt from Susquehanna Valley Game Farm and two Crickett .22 rifles, one for a boy and one for a girl.
Karen said it’s important to have a family friendly event.
“(Kids) are the future,” she said. “If you get them introduced yearly, it helps to build their interest in the outdoor sports.”
Children’s activities will include face painting, a coloring contest, seed planting, a kids casting contest at noon Saturday and a kids turkey calling contest at 2 p.m. Saturday.
A food stand will be available both days, operated by the Mifflinburg High School Coaches Association.
In addition to Standard Journal, show sponsors include Advanced Care Chiropractic and Body Correction, Schlegel Excavating, Weaver’s Archery, Hoover Tractor, Stony Fork Creek Campground, Equipment Rental, Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, BZ Motors, Designer Homes and Mifflinburg Lumber.
Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email email@example.com.