This year's Fishing & Heritage Day, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in South Otselic, will mark the 10th anniversary of Chenango County's premier fishing event.

However, this free family event is much more than touting the community's heritage of sport fishing and fishing line manufacturing.  In celebration of the 10th year, the Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association has scheduled the following new program activities:

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Frontier Communications building, town historian Michael Sheridan will lead a walking tour of historic structures within the National Historic District; Lamplit Farm will give horse-drawn wagon rides; and balloon twister Dave Westervelt will dazzle young and old with his creations.

Westy's Birds of Prey will also give talks on a selection of live birds at the town hall; Travis Ashcroft will create wooden sculptures with a chainsaw; Dean Depew and Ben Green will show off their vintage chainsaws and hit 'n' miss engines; and nearly 40 quilts will be displayed at the Grange Hall.

Cornhole tournaments will be held at 1 and 2 p.m. in the town park; and the changing array of arts, crafts and antique vendors, and conservation and historical organizations will be in the Otselic Town Park and the State Fish Hatchery.

In addition, the day will include the usual offerings of fishing clinics and programs, fly tying and casting, vintage tractors, exhibitors in the hatchery, open house at the Fire Hall, vintage rope braiding demonstration at Gladding, the rubber duck derby on the creek, garage sales throughout the community, live music, lots of food and more – making this a memorable family experience. 

The public welcome to this free event. Visit ovfish.org for a complete schedule and listing of activities and programs.