BLAND, Va. — The Virginia Trappers Association will hold its District 1 Rendezvous next month at the Bland County Fairgrounds.
The event, which will be held Oct. 18-19, offers two days of informative seminars and demonstrations dealing with various aspects of fur trapping.
The event usually attracts 500 to 600 visitors annually. Organizers have noted a recent spike of interest in fur trapping and wouldn’t be surprised to see it reflected in this year’s turnout.
It is believed that realistic and positive portrayals of modern trapping on television have boosted interest in traditional wild fur harvesting. The History Channel’s “Mountain Men” is one popular example, a VTA spokesman observed.
The featured guest trapper at this years event will be Western Kentucky trapper Matt Jones, who is well known for his series of trapping videos.
A number of trapping supply vendors will also be on hand for the weekend, enabling trappers to gear up for the 2013-14 season.
The event begins in the morning each day of the Rendezvous with the first demos getting under way by 8 a.m. Activities will continue throughout the day until winding down around 5 p.m.
Friday’s program includes the annual Trapper Man Dinner, a pot-luck style gathering. The fun and fellowship begins at 7 p.m.
The District 1 Rendezvous is entirely free of charge, including access to primitive camping and tailgating.
For more information, call Travis Bandy at (276) 210-7105.