Hosted by: Upper Peninsula Trappers Association
Dates: July 26-28, 2018
Location: Escanaba, Michigan – U.P. State Fairgrounds
Only $10 Admission for Entire Event – Ages 12 & Over
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|2018 NATIONAL Trappers Convention to be held in Upper Michigan!|
The 59th Annual National Trappers Association Convention and Outdoor Show Is Coming to Escanaba, Michigan July 26-28, 2018! We Yoopers have been waiting 41 years for this opportunity to attend a locally sponsored NTA Convention! Sure, the U.P. Trappers Association only has about 400 members but we are doing everything we can to put on a show that will rival or exceed those put on by associations with thousands of members! We are not only excited for the opportunity to bring the nation’s premier trapping and outdoor show to the Upper Peninsula but are also driven to make it one of the best!!!
And trappers from all over this great country of ours have been waiting for an excuse to pack up their families and come to the Upper Peninsula for a vacation to remember!
The NTA Convention is not only the biggest and best trapping convention every year – but we have a great place to have it!
The National Trappers Association and Outdoor Show is the largest trapping event in North America. It will bring between 6000 and 8000 trappers to the small town of Escanaba. If you have never attended a national convention, you will be amazed. Hundreds of INSIDE vendors! And tailgaters will be stretched almost as far as the eye can see. There will be great trapping demos. Nearly every well-known trapping supply dealer in the country will be there – many offering special “Convention Pricing” – and this is your chance to stock up on needed supplies, without having to pay shipping and handling! If you would like to meet or talk to some of your trapping heroes, most of them will be there! Have you ever chatted with Johnny Thorpe, John Graham, Ron Leggett, Gary Jepson, Ron Hauser, Jeff Dunnier, Serge Lariviere, Bob Noonan, Slim Pedersen, Kirk DeKalb, Kendall Obermier, or Darin Freeborough?? – most, if not all of these guys, will be there and many of them will be doing trapping demos – on the hour, every hour – for three solid days.
And this big show isn’t just for trappers. There will be outdoor equipment vendors (like boats, motors, canoes, snowshoes, predator calling supplies, outdoor clothing, waders, etc.), crafters, antique dealers, gun dealers – the list goes on and on. And some real gems will be available in the tailgater area, outside. Some tailgaters specialize in antique traps, others are getting out of trapping and are selling a lifetime of trapping equipment, some buy and sell used traps, and others rent a space so they can clean out their attics and storage sheds! There will be a special building for kids with many activities for the youngsters. The fairgrounds are considering opening the award-winning Growing U.P. Foresters Display where youngsters learn about trees, papermaking, sustainable forestry, etc. At the Upper Peninsula State Fair this is one of the most popular places for kids to spend some of their time with thousands going through the building every day. This display has won State and National recognition for its unique and extremely educational setting. And the kids receive “wooden nickels” which they can use to purchase donated items like coloring books, stickers, etc.
And this show isn’t just a place to buy things or for kids to have fun! Several classes are being planned for adults on topics such as quilting, sewing, cooking, basket weaving, soap making, crafts, herbs, CPR, and Healthy Heart, or Healthy Eating presentations. Tours will be available to various destinations in the Upper Peninsula: Maybe a bus trip to our local Casino, to some of our local iron or copper mines, maybe a bus and boat tour to the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. As this is being written, the classes and tours are not yet decided – but we are talking about some reasonably priced and interesting classes and excursions!
And for the Trappers! Just one demo by the likes of Johnny Thorpe or John Graham will make the $10 admission fee for the entire four-day convention seem like a drop in the bucket! What would it cost you to receive personal instruction from one of these trapping legends? And there are great trapping demonstrations on the hour, every hour, for three days!
The savings on needed equipment can be almost unbelievable. First of all you don’t have to pay shipping and handling on heavy items like traps, drags, fleshing beams, etc. Secondly, you can visit hundreds of dealers selling the same items until you find the best price at the convention. Some trapping supply dealers actually attend the NTA conventions to restock their own inventories. On a several thousand dollar order the freight can be staggering and they can visit the booth of their regular supplier, get their wholesale prices, and transport their own supplies!
And this will all be coming to the center of God’s Country, Escanaba Michigan!
A Vacation Paradise!
At our 2012 U.P. Trappers Association Convention we had attendees from Pennsylvania, Florida, and other areas that we considered too far away to be drawing people here for a small, regional trapper’s convention. So, what got them here? After handing out questionnaires and doing some further digging we found out that our convention was an excuse to bring their families up the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a “dream” vacation. A typical comment was “We have been dying to vacation in the U.P. and when we read about your convention, we started planning.” Then as we followed up further, we learned that they weren’t disappointed. We heard comments about a very well-run convention with outstanding trapping supply dealers and demonstrators. We also heard about the warm, friendly people they encountered at our stores, motels, and restaurants. (Some couldn’t believe that checkout clerks were people who actually smiled and said things like “Have a nice day!”) And they weren’t disappointed in the “raw beauty” of the Upper Peninsula: A step back in time. Ninety percent of the U.P. consists of forests. No freeways! A rich history including the early fur trade, mining, commercial fishing, logging, etc. 1700 Miles of Shoreline on three of the Great Lakes! The awesome Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with approximately 15 miles of beautiful Sandstone Cliffs rising 50 – 100 feet above Lake Superior. 324 Waterfalls – many accessible to the public! Hundreds of abandoned underground copper, iron, and gold mines!
Delta County alone (where this convention is being held) has 211 miles of Great Lakes Shoreline, 514 miles of rivers and streams, nearly 6000 acres of inland lakes and ponds, and nearly 310,000 acres of public recreation land. In Delta County there are 3 marinas, 4855 registered watercraft and two annual world-class sanctioned walleye fishing tournaments. There are four championship golf courses and three nine-hole courses in the county. And there are 14 other counties to enjoy while you are in the Upper Peninsula!
We Are Here to Serve
The U.P. Trappers Association will do everything we can to make sure that our convention vendors and local merchants are smiling all the way to the bank and that attendees leave happy. Trapping supply dealers are the lifeblood of successful trapping conventions and without their support the fabulous local and national trapping conventions around the country would not be possible. So, we are committed to doing everything possible to bring a huge crowd to Escanaba and to make sure the 2014 NTA Convention is run effectively and efficiently. We want every attendee and every vendor to leave on Sunday with a warm heart and a smiling face! We will do what we can to make sure vendors can quickly find their allotted tables and will assist them with setup, if needed. We pledge to keep our restrooms clean and well maintained. We hope to fill our local motels to overflowing and pack our restaurants and stores. We want our local merchants, our vendors, and our many trapping friends to experience the best trapping convention they have ever seen!