Minnesota Trappers Association
2019 Convention Updates
Spring 2019 Update:
Convention gate will open at 12:00 on Thursday and will end with our Benefit Auction on Saturday evening.
Vendor booths will open Thursday 12:00-5:00pm , Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm. If anyone is interested in an interior space contact our booth coordinator Buzz Neprud, 218-851-5989. Tailgaters space is first come first served. At the gate we will be making an effort to track attendance each day. I want to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation. Don’t blame the gate attendees, if there is a bit of inconvenience, if you have a concern call me. This was an assignment handed down from the MTA board. This will play into decisions for the future of convention planning.
A few highlights that you can expect with this year’s convention. Land and water demos programs is a mainstay. Presently all but 3 land and water slots have been filled. Beginner Trappers Connection will be taking a bit of a new spin this year. Kids will have more opportunity of hands on experiences with animals and vendors. Still working on an additional skinning program for Friday and Saturday.
Friday evening there are plans being made for a catered in Hamburger Bar Buffet. This will start at 6:00 and run till 7:30pm. It is being put on by the Road House Bar and Grill. I still am looking for a sponsor. They sponsor or co sponsors will be acknowledge with banner and through the newsletter. If interested please give me a call at 507-276-6322. There will be live music following the evening feed.
We also are looking for a volunteer shirt sponsor. The sponsor will have his or her label on each shirt. If interested let me know.
Follow the web site for more updates and notes related to the convention. If you are looking to help out give me a call and I will share spots that need some assistance.
Brian Fischer 507-276-6322
Preparations begin for Redwood Falls Convention, Aug. 1-3rd of 2019.
Winter 2018 Report:
You snooze you lose. I find it hard to believe but I am taking calls already from people volunteers to help out on the demo scene. I have the slots organized and now it’s a matter of filling them in and creating a good, informative and educational program. Thank you to the ones that have already stepped forward and I encourage others that if you want Redwood Falls to be your day, please give me a call.
Myself and co director Tyler have scoped out the fairgrounds a few times already. It appears we can save the expense of one tent this year. We will be holding the land demo inside a building and putting tents over water and BTC demo areas. In January I will be asking the board to approve these tents.
The script hasn’t changed. We will have the best presentations in the state for 2019. Quality demos presented in a variety of ways will be taken into consideration. We must do more on skinning and fur processing. That is the number one feedback from last year. We must encourage and continue using a sound system. That was the number one positive comment from 2018. If you have been keeping track I will bring in new faces once again. Not sure if I can match the nine new presenters last year but efforts will be matched to have a fun and educational agenda for demo goers.
The number of demos will stay the same. At times I think 8:00 am is too early and 4:00 pm is too late but these demos are all well attended. I am pondering a few different ideas with the Beginner Trappers Connection. I will be running some of these thoughts by some of my trapping peers and get some input. Still pumped about the Hunter Melby who has stepped forward and asked to do a youth demo in 2019. He was a participant in our first BTC program 4 years ago. It will be fun to see how he connects with the new crowd of 2019.
I am taking calls for filling these demo slots, you snooze, you lose!
Give me a call, 507-276-6322
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