###Contact: Tom Neely, 315-482-4596, firstname.lastname@example.org; Bud Baril, 315-686-2832, email@example.com
Clayton, N.Y. - August 18 and 19 mark the 35th anniversary of the Clayton Rotary Club's Clayton-1000 Islands Gun & Sportsmen's Show held annually at Cerow Recreation Park in Clayton, New York. This is the largest gun and sportsmen's event in Northern New York. Show proceeds benefit the Clayton Rotary Club's scholarships and community and international service work. New among the show's 60 gunsmiths, hunting guides and vendors with new, used and antique firearms, military history collectible, black powder guns, knives, sporting gear and memorabilia for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts this year will be Tug Hill Cartridge. The Camden, NY, business custom manufactures ammunition for handguns, rifles, and competition, target and cowboy shooting guns. For the first time, Tom Wills of Lafargeville is bringing military surplus items that include rainsuits, insulated jackets, knee pads, and backpacks. Show visitors will also find decoys; fishing tackle; knives; buckskin moccasins, saddlebags, and other leather goods; and books on fishing, hunting and the outdoors. Dealers have scopes, sights, binoculars, reloading equipment, gun cases, holsters, grips, cleaning kits, cartridges, shells, calibers, and gauges. In addition to selling, the dealers buy and trade goods. Allen Lederhouse has brought his Guns on Wheels from Ransomville to the show since the early 1980s when his parents lived in Cape Vincent. "We used to bring our guns to the show in a Harley-Davidson sidecar and trailer and camp at Burnham Point State Park," Lederhouse says. "Now, we enjoy local hotel accommodations." Lederhouse has "black powder" guns among his wares. He says sportsmen can take advantage of extra weeks of deer hunting by using the muzzle loaders that now employ a pre-measured, safer pellet-style propellent. He has donated a $500 32-calibre Traditional Crockett muzzle loading rifle to the Clayton Rotary Club for raffle in honor of the show's 35th anniversary. NCIS checks are required for all firearm sales and purchases. The Clayton-1000 Islands Gun & Sportsmen's Show is a Yellow Ribbon Event for the military. Show hours are 8:30 am-5 pm Saturday, August 18 and 9 am-4 pm Sunday, August 19. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for military with ID; children under 12 free. Show sponsors include Caskinette Lofink Ford, Clayton Marine, Reinman's Department Store, Wellesley Island Building Supply and Route 37 Building Supply. Clayton Recreation Park is south of the Village of Clayton along Route 12. For more information on the Clayton-1000 Islands Gun Show, contact Tom Neely at 315-482-4596 or Bud Baril at 315-686-2832.