South Dorchester’s 71st annual National Outdoor Show is getting closer

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Contestants for the Miss Outdoors title for 2016 recently gathered for a meet and greet and refreshments at South Dorchester K-8 school. The girls will be competing for the title on the opening evening of the Outdoor Show, Friday evening, February 26. Pictured from left are Catherine Ryan, Jackie Parks, Mckayly Robinson, Hannah Lewis, 2015 Miss Outdoors Paige Bleyer, Karli Lewis, Sarah Gilbertson, Alexandra Colman, Allyson Adams, and Sandra Todd.

GOLDEN HILL — Before you know it the 71st Annual Outdoor Show will be here. The annual Dorchester event will be held Feb. 26 and 27 at the South Dorchester pre-K Thru 8 School, 3485 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek.

Before the show opens the Outdoor Show Committee will unveil its National Outdoor Show Cookbook IV, containing recipes submitted by local residents. The cover is pictured here.

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The show is held each year with the goal of preserving Dorchester’s heritage by recognizing its resources and spotlighting the people who carry out unique talents in their way of life.

Throughout the weekend exhibitors and vendors will be displaying and selling their goods. Local seafood will be available. There will be crab cakes, oyster fritters, soft crabs, crab soup, or oyster stew. Non-seafood selections will also be available. On Saturday you will be able to try muskrat cooked the traditional South Dorchester way.

On Friday, doors open at 5 p.m. with the highlight of the evening the Miss Outdoor Scholarship Pageant that begins at 7:30. Following that will be the semi-final competition for Men’s and Women’s World Champion Muskrat Skinning.

On Saturday, doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the Little Miss and Little Mister Outdoors contest and Smokey Bear. During the afternoon there will be cooking demonstrations, duck, goose and turkey calling; log sawing and pole skinning; musrkat cooking contest and a children’s photo contest. Saturday evening begins at 7 p.m. featuring competitions in oyster shucking, corn shelling, junior and senior trap setting and the world championships competitions in muskrat skinning, raccoon skinning, nutria skinning and trap setting. There will also be live auction and silent auction items.

New this year are wristbands available for all three shows. They must be purchased by Feb. 25 and are available at Foxwell Auction, 5469 Moose Lodge Road, Cambridge, Tuesday through Saturday. Cost is $18 for adults and $7 for children under 12.

For more information call 410-397-8535 or go to www.nationaloutdoorshow.org

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