Local sportsmen support South Creek fundraiser

Local sportsmen support South Creek fundraiser

Vendors (left to right) Bonnie Bixby, Mike Wintermute, and Beverly Smith set up at Saturday's Sportsman Show.

A caring group of sportsmen gathered together at the South Creek fire hall in Fassett last Saturday. These men and women were raising money for the South Creek fire department. Eleven vendors donated door prizes in lieu of a set up fee. There was also a gun raffle.

The South Creek fire department currently has two projects they are working on. The first one is the renovation of a Gator and a brush truck. The John Deere Gator was purchased new with funds obtained from donations, the Dick Shedden Memorial Fund, Talisman, and a grant from the Pennsylvania forestry department. It will be turned into a rescue/wildfire land vehicle, fitted with a pump with a tank and a back board. The brush truck is a used Ford F-350 which was donated by Tri-County Electric Cooperative. It needs some work to turn it into the brush truck which will be used specifically to fight brush fires. Everyone will be pitching in their talents to get the job done.

Local sportsmen support South Creek fundraiser

Zach Bixby (right) shows Anthony Johnston how to use the sight on a Mathews Triumph bow.

Rich Lathrop explained the need for the vehicles. “Every year someone is in trouble on the game lands and needs to be rescued.” The Gator will be able to go where the other vehicles can’t. Steve Carter, one of the organizers of the show, said, “When we go out there we want to be safe.”

Brett Johnston related one of his own experiences in which a Gator would have been beneficial. About three years ago he was scouting deer on game lands. “I heard a noise and followed it to find another hunter had fallen out of a tree stand.”

South Creek’s second project is to purchase a stand-by generator to replace the vintage World War II one that is on its last leg, with replacement parts most likely obsolete. So far $8,500 has been donated by the Corning Beagle Club.

Local sportsmen support South Creek fundraiser

John Deere Gator (left) with Anthony Johnston in the driver's seat is parked next to the Ford F-350. These two vehicles will be turned into brush fire/rescue vehicles.

The vendors at Saturday’s event were Mike Wintermute, Ron and Brenda Forbes, Wales Taxidermy, Lock Stock and Arrow, Sullivan Sharp Shooters, Norwood Harkness, Hills, Valleys and Streams, Dangerous Dave’s Lures, REL Family Gifts, Fred R. Falk, and Beverly Smith. In addition to these interesting displays, there was a group taking care of the culinary needs of everyone. Of course there were the usual French fries and hot dogs, but special home made “Steve’s sauce” was the hot item. Vendors and sportsmen were all there for one common reason – to raise money for the community for a good cause. An observer who wished to remain anonymous said, “They are really meeting the needs of this rural community.” And they are already setting their sights on next year’s show.

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