By Alicia Dziak

Are you an avid sportsman or woman gearing up for the season? Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, trade or browse, a wide selection of modern and antique firearms and accessories, game calls, sporting goods, fishing gear and more await at the Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen’s Show, which takes place April l4-15 at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds.

Over 150 tables await at the fairgrounds on Route 353 in Little Valley. According to Jim Miller, event chair, vendors include taxidermists, charter captains, and many hunting and gun-related items, ideal for outdoorsmen and women.

Miller said the show, now in its 27th year, is also a great place for area high school trap club members to come and check out what’s new. “(The show) helps get young people out there and gives them an education of what’s out there,” he said.

Pistol permit clerks from Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties will be available both days. There will be armed security, plenty of parking and refreshments available.

Proceeds from the show are used to purchase and maintain essential equipment and maintain the Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s (LVVFD) facilities. The department provides both fire and ambulance service to a large geographic area, including the town and village of Little Valley and parts of the town of Mansfield.

Like all other area volunteer fire departments, LVVFD is currently looking for more volunteers. Anyone interested can simply inquire at the door; Miller said any of the department’s volunteers would be happy to answer any questions.

The Spring Sportsmen’s Show takes place at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds (501 Erie St., Little Valley, NY) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Admission is $5,and free for children 12 and under.

For more information about becoming a volunteer or about the Sportsmen’s Show, call Miller at (716) 938-6928.