Former Harbor Commission chair Jim Nichols supplied a gentle, but forceful nudge while it came to making the first Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show appear final spring. It commenced on a June afternoon in 2017 while I become inside the OBSERVER places of work.
“You’re coming to the next Harbor Commission meeting,” he proclaimed in a cellphone call, without supplying the risk for a reaction. Nichols, who become always helping behind the scenes when it came to the once a year Great Lakes Experience and a number of different metropolis initiatives, become thrilled with the concept of the occasion. It highlighted his vision for Dunkirk that considered Lake Erie no longer only as a resource, however an engine for the destiny.
His sentiments, as ordinary, were correct. We all want to do more to promote our waterfront.
Though Nichols exceeded away on Feb. 4, 2018 — months before our inaugural display, the seeds had already been planted. There turned into no going lower back.
Last April 21, after extra than a 12 months of accumulating records and accomplishing out to potential partners, that first display occurred. Many deserve credit score for helping arrange the happening.
Its genesis came after brief meetings with Gene Pauszek, OBSERVER exterior author, and Zen Olow, Chautauqua County Sportsman President, in the wintry weather of 2017 at our East Second Street offices.
The premise become primarily based on this newspaper having a extra presence in boosting the fishing right here as well as the waterfront.
While both outside fans embraced the idea of a show, they advised me to speak with Andrew Nixon of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and Tom Bergstue, who had prepared similar shows at the Chautauqua Suites. Their heritage and suggestions gave us a road map to move forward.
That’s when our OBSERVER personnel started out achieving out to some of capacity fascinated events — from the county and vicinity. When many were receptive, we figured it would be some thing the sportsmen and ladies might aid.
Our next step turned into locating a venue. We contacted the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center. Martha Frey and her group of workers were incredible of their help and permitting us to apply the facility. Its vicinity also made sense, with the lake inside the historical past.
Shortly after that, the listing of vendors, sponsors, meals vehicles and those interested in attending commenced to grow. As many who attended closing yr already understand, the primary display surpassed expectancies. Our 2d event, from 10 a.M. To 4 p.M. Saturday, is even larger and includes five shows that start at 10:45.
Our gratitude to name sponsor, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, in addition to different sponsors: Larry Spacc GMC, Lake Erie Management Commission, Shaylah’s Canine Commands, Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep, HomeTown Insurance, Gutter Logic Gutter Protection, Lake Shore Savings, Tim Hortons, Kishel’s Scents & Lures, Copy Boy Instant Printing, the city of Dunkirk, the Clarion and the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau.
Current group of workers individuals who’ve helped with this and former suggests include: Meredith Patton, advertising and marketing director; Janice Gee, special promotions; Ashley DePonceau, Anna Galofaro and Amy Pomeroy, income representatives; Gabrielle Carr, Jennifer Logan, Sheila McWillson, Vicki Notaro, Chris Sell and Scott Tworek.
Spring also seems to be in the air this weekend. The ice on Lake Erie is melting with temperatures are predicted to be inside the 50s.
Tickets for the event are $5 and can be to be had at our workplaces today and on the door on Saturday. We hope to see you there.