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2015 Fur Takers of America Convention
June 25-27, 2015
General Convention Information - Contact Gary Walchle 260-463-1529
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LaGrange County Fairgrounds.
Host Hotel: Blue Gate Garden Inn
The 2015 FTA Convention will be held at the LaGrange County Fairgrounds from June 25-27. LaGrange is located 8 miles from Michigan and 32 miles from Ohio. It is 8 miles from I-80/90 and 22 miles from I-69 and US 31. It is only a day’s drive from the east coast and states like Arkansas and Mississippi.
LaGrange is a town of 2,000 in a rural farm community. Lodging is primarily in Shipshewana and the state line, and the surrounding area.
Fur Takers is a family-oriented organization, so bring the entire family. There will be activities for the kids. Shipshewana has a good cross section of shops and shopping opportunities for the ladies.
Shipshewana has a large flea market on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, including up to 1,200 dealers. There is also an auction of collectible antiques on Wednesday morning. There will also be a quilt show on Thursday, the week of the convention, which will bring thousands of people from across the US.
This area is home for a large Amish community, so please watch for the horse-drawn carts.
There is camping on the grounds, and plenty of room for tailgaters. The days will be full with dealers and demos. There will be trap setting contests and the skillet throw.
There will be plenty of good food available, with the good Amish cooking. -- Charlie Park
LaGrange is located near the third largest Amish community in the United States, and these folks will be doing most of the food preparation at the fairgrounds.
The host hotel will have a full hot complementary breakfast.
Governing Board meetings will take place at the host hotel on Wednesday, June 24.
The Friday night Banquet will also be at the host hotel, boasting good Amish cooking.
There is a huge Quilt show taking place that week in the area, which is good news for the ladies who enjoy quilting, but bad news for last minute motel reservations! Earlier the better!
Charlie Park indicated that there are quite a few motels in the Sturgis area, so it will pay to check around if you don’t find a room in the ones listed.
Be sure to bring your state flag for the opening ceremonies!!
Keg Creek Baits & Lures
Wolfen Bait & Lure
Adjustable Basswood Stretchers
N & J Trapping
Hoosier Trapper Supply
FTA Chapter 7 B
F & T Harvesters Trading Post
QSR Outdoor Products
Predator Control Group
Webster's Predator Control
Volkers Wire Cubbies
Joe Goodman Prints
Sudden Valley Supply
Bill Kasten’s Trapping Supplies
East Texas Wildlife Damage Control
Pro Line Lures
Weiser Western Lures
East Arkansas Fur Takers
Luther Valley Lures
American Coon Cap
Bethell's Wildlife Control
Uncle Freddie's Big Game Gut Glove
Gary Emrich Sport Bags
Plenty of tailgating spaces available!
Tentative Demo Schedule
Thursday, June 25
10:00-11:00 Larry Frank—Coyotes for Charity
11:00-12:00 Dave Hastings—Writing Trapping Articles &
1:00-2:00 Marty Smith—Predators
2:00-3:00 Norm Blackwell—Trail Sets
3:00-4:00 The Mahoney Family—Fur Hat Making and
Dutch Oven Cooking
4:00-5:00 Gary Jepson—Canines
Friday, June 26
9:00-10:00 Gary Armstrong—Raccoon
10:00-11:00 James Tate—Predators
11:00-12:00 Scott Welch— TBA (question and answer session)
12:00-1:00 Charlie Masheck—Land Trapping
1:00-2:00 Jeff Dunlap—Grey Fox
2:00-3:00 FT Furharvesters Lee Revwsaat—Coyote
3:00-4:00 FT Furharvesters Harry Nestell—DP Raccoon
4:00-5:00 Indiana DNR—Otter
Saturday, June 27
8:30-9:30 Bill Kasten—Trap Tie Downs
9:30-10:30 Robert Waddell—Coyotes/Cats
10:30-11:30 Jeff Dunnier—Beaver/Coyote and Cats
11:30-12:30 Mike Volkers—Wire Cubbies and DP