Minnesota Trappers Association
2019 Redwood Falls Convention Updates
Redwood Falls Convention Info (additional updates below):
Mark your calendar for Aug.1st- Aug.3rd, 2019. Convention gate will open at 12:00pm on Thursday and will end with our Benefit Auction on Saturday evening.
Vendor booths will open Thursday 12:00pm-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. Early June we will be measuring out the buildings in Redwood Falls for vendor layout.
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.
Demo slots have been filled on all three programs, BTC, Land and Water. See the listing in this newsletter or on the web site. If there would be any cancellations or changes, I will update our web page.
Kid’s games will start both Friday and Saturday at 10:00am. Trap setting contest is Saturday at 2:30pm. This will follow after the general membership meeting.
Friday evening, there are plans for a consignment auction starting at 5:00 pm. A Hamburger Bar Buffet will start at 6:00 pm and run till 7:30 pm. It is being put on by the Road House Bar and Grill. I still am looking for a sponsor. The sponsor or co-sponsors will be acknowledged with a banner and through the newsletter. If interested, please give me a call at 507-276-6322. There will be live music following Friday evenings feed.
Saturday evening we will be starting a benefit auction at 5:00pm. Interrupt at 6:00pm for our raffle drawing and then finish up with the auction.
Our search for a T-shirt sponsor is complete. NAFA informed us that they would not sponsor the volunteer t-shirts this year. I want to thank NAFA for many years of taking on this responsibility. This year a local business has come forward as a co-sponsor, Tersteeg’s Grocery Store. Thank you.
District gate duties are now listed on the web site and reported in this newsletter. Notice a change from last year. We will have someone at the gate already Thursday morning starting at 7:00am. District 7 will handle that responsibility.
Another change the board has made is that our Saturday general membership meeting time has been moved to 1:00pm.
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
Summer 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.
Beginner Trappers Connection Corner
The program schedule of demos and presenters is complete for August. We have added an extra demo for a total of fourteen presentations to the beginner participants. Back to three on Thursday, six on Friday and five more on Saturday. Let me remind all my trapping friends these beginners have ranged from early ages all the way to sixty-five years of age. Everyone has to start somewhere, and that is how and why we gear the program when choosing demo topics.
This year’s theme is “3 Days on the Trapline”. The program is designed to capture a day with water, a day with land and wrapping up with ethics and fur handling. There are certain demos that the kids themselves will be going through the process of handling a fur bearer from start to finish. This year we have four demos being presented by youth. Another change is there will be four times that we will be visiting either an adult water or land demo presentation. This is to interact these beginner trappers with fellow supporters. Also on the schedule will be two visits to vendors to do some shopping of supplies. Numerous hands on opportunities have been slated for the participants.
The sponsorship and merchandise reward format is staying the same. Youth participants will receive a certificate after the program and they will be allowed to search out their appropriate vendor and claim the reward. When you look at the list, please thank our sponsors for their support. Nobody ever says no and are more than willing to donate for the cause.
A change for this year is that we have, on reserve, a 20ft x 30ft tent. This will be set up on Wednesday morning and Shannon Cohrs will be constructing a BTC demo area Wednesday afternoon with the help of many others. See the convention schedule on the web site or in this newsletter for times and help wanted for set up. Along with the tents, the youth side will also have its own sound system for presenters. Times have changed from five years ago when I was talking out loud to a group of kids on a picnic table. Growth is good and our foundation will benefit.
Watch the web site for updates and changes that may come about.
Pass it OnBrian