2014-06-12 / Outdoors

Famed trapper to join convention

ESCANABA – Trapping Hall of Famer Johnny Thorpe will be on hand to present a demonstration at the upcoming National Trappers Association Convention.

Deemed a “living legend”, Thorpe has been trapping for over 65 years.

He was inducted into the National Trappers Hall of Fame in 1996 and started writing trapping articles for major outdoor publications in 1956.

Thorpe lives in New York and has run long-lines in New Mexico, California and Arizona.

Thorpe is a trapper, gold miner, wood carver, artifact collector and adventurer. He will be sharing his tips, techniques and stories at the convention. The 80-year-old, who started trapping professionally at age 15, will bring a wealth of knowledge to share.

“All will enjoy his presence and demonstrations,” stated Jim Fornetti, longtime member of U.P. Trappers Association.

Thorpe will be one of many trappers and outdoor experts giving presentations hourly during this year’s convention.

Veteran and novice trappers will enjoy learning tips, ideas and techniques from these pros to increase capture rate.

Over 6,000 people are expected to attend the largest outdoor event ever held in Escanaba. Trappers from all over the U.S. and Canada will attend.

Many family activities are planned throughout the event. There will be ten buildings filled with vendors and most likely over 200 outside tailgate vendors selling items.

On Saturday night, the band “Runaway Train” will be on stage performing their great mix of bluegrass, classic rock, and both modern and classic country music.

NAFA’s Wild Fur Shipper’s Council will present two “Fur Fashion Shows”.

The 2014 Convention hosted by NTA, CVB and UPTA is open to the public and will be held within the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba from July 24-27.

Hours are, Thursday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon. Admission is $10 for all four days, kids under 12 are free.

For further information on this great event, contact Tamara Masterson (248) 568-5804; masterson@nationaltrappers.com.

Residents may also visit www.convention.uptrappers.com or www.nationaltrappers.com

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