COLUMBIA — If Daniel Boone were alive, you know where he'd be this weekend.
The National Trappers Association's 52nd Annual Convention runs from Thursday through Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Daily demonstrations will be held, including coyote-calling, beaver-snaring, under-ice otter-trapping and trap collecting.
What: National Trappers Association 52nd Annual Convention
When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Vendors with booths outside can stay open until dark. People can also come from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, but convention coordinator Daniel Skurski cautioned convention-goers that vendors might be packing up by then.
Where: Boone County Fairgrounds
Admission: $10 for attendees 12 and older, free for children under 12
More information: A schedule of events can be found at nationaltrappers.com.
About 500 vendors will have booths at the event, which is being hosted by the Missouri Trappers Association. Items for sale will include traps, lures, jewelry and homemade preserves.
The national association makes sure laws are followed and assists with game management.
"What the NRA does for guns, we do for the rights of trappers," convention coordinator Daniel Skurski said.
Roadkill collected throughout the year will be thawed and used for the demonstrations that show how to process pelts, Skurski said. There will also be scavenger hunts and trapping competitions judged on set-up time.
An auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with proceeds going to the National Trappers Association.
Another weekend highlight will be a skillet toss at 3 p.m. Saturday in which contestants will hurl a 15-pound skillet at a target. There is no set distance, so all age and skill levels can enter.
Skurski said about 8,000 people are expected to attend.