Fur harvesters workshop focuses on education
|By Joseph Quigley - Staff Writer | January 11, 2019|
The Minden District Fur Harvesters are inviting people to get a first-hand look at their craft during their 31st annual winter workshop Jan. 13.
The annual event held at the Minden Hills Community Centre offers trapping demonstrations, a taxidermy display, an array of vendors and more, according to Minden District Fur Harvesters president Ted Nottage.
Nottage said the event is a way for the group to inform the public about the activities of the trappers association.
“It’s a chance to show the public exactly what trapping’s all about,” Nottage said. “You’d be surprised how many people don’t actually know trapping’s actually going on in this area. Its education is basically what it’s all about.”
The demonstrations will showcase fur handling and skinning skills for the public, Nottage said. The workshop will also feature representatives from fur auction houses and include 13-14 vendors, offering trapping-related goods and woodcrafts, he said.
“There’ll be something to do and see for pretty much everybody,” Nottage said. “Public’s more than welcome to come and see what we do and ask questions.”
Nottage said the event’s continued success has come from it being passed down between generations.
“It’s the participation of everybody. Everybody seems to look forward to it. We usually have people come from pretty much all over the area,” Nottage said. “We have grandparents bringing their grandkids. They were there 30 years ago and now they’re bringing their grandkids to see what’s going on.”
The event takes place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 13 and has an admission of $2. Non-perishable food items are also being collected for the local food bank.