Monday, November 21, 2016

Southern Tier Outdoor Show selects new location for 2017 event

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show, created in 2007, has announced that the show has grown too large to remain at Wilkins RV, Inc. in Bath, where it has been held for ten years.  The show’s board of directors began looking for a suitable new space to continue to grow in 2017, and the lead candidate for the new location is the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath, NY. The show will remain on the second weekend of October, which in 2017 is October 14-15.
“After ten great years, Wilkins RV has informed us that they will not be able to host the show going into the future,” announced Thomas Tomsa, the President of the Southern Tier Outdoor Show, Inc.
“The Southern Tier Outdoor Show has been a great event for our community and for our organization,” stated Brian Wilkins, President of Wilkins RV.  “Unfortunately, as the event has grown, it truly has outgrown our facility and has become a greater distraction for our customers.  In order for the event to continue to grow, it needs to find a venue that was designed for hosting public events like this.”
The show is looking for new volunteers to help execute the additional planning required to put on the 2017 event at a new location. The planning committee meets every other month beginning in January and would welcome people who want to assist with exhibitors, promotion, attractions, services or grants.  The show also welcomes new sponsors and vendors. For more information on contributing to the 2017 show, call the Board of Directors secretary, Carla Dawejko, at 607-583-3224.
The Southern Tier Outdoor Show put on its 10th annual show at Wilkins RV, Inc. in October. The show draws over 130 vendors and 7,000 visitors each year to the two day event. It highlights outdoor activities, services and products and encourages youth to get involved in the outdoors by offering numerous hands-on activities. The creators of the show moved the entity to a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization in 2015 in order to make it sustainable in the community for many years.
The Southern Tier Outdoor Show operates with the mission of “providing outdoor awareness and natural resources education by bringing together local businesses and organizations promoting and sharing their products, services and expertise to encourage participation in outdoor activities, promote environmental stewardship, and enhance quality of life.” 
For more information regarding the Southern Tier Outdoor Show, visit