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January 20, 2010
Ohio Valley Outdoors
MANSFIELD, OH — The Ohio Taxidermy Association (OTA), will host the Ohio Taxidermy Show and Championships March 26, 27 and 28, 2010 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield, OH. The OTA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of better taxidermy and wildlife art. OTA is also committed to wildlife conservation and to upholding the laws and regulations of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The 2009 Show and Championships was the largest and most successful to date. This years show promises to be even bigger and better than ever.

The 2010 Ohio Taxidermy Championships will again include a special display of mounted wildlife art that will be open to the public. This will provide an opportunity for the general public and the many Ohio sportsmen to see the most outstanding and varied collection of artistically crafted wildlife mounts in Ohio, displayed in one area. The public will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Awards in the various categories. It will also give taxidermists, who enter their mounts, the opportunity to have their pieces viewed by hundreds of people. Wildlife categories will include birds, waterfowl, gameheads, whitetails, mammals, fish and reptiles.

Increasing numbers of professional taxidermists, wildlife artists, hobbyists, sportsmen, and our youth are finding that joining OTA and attending the show is a most rewarding experience. For those with an interest in taxidermy, or just starting out, joining OTA and attending the upcoming show will get one started in the right direction with the least amount of time, effort and expense.

Taxidermists must be a member of OTA to participate or can join the organization at the show. Members can compete in various divisions, or can choose not to compete. Attending the show just for the seminars, trade show and interchange with fellow taxidermists is well worth the cost of joining. The show will feature a great list of seminars on various subjects including whitetails, birds, fish, habitat, form alterations and much more. There will also be raffles, a special auction and a variety of suppliers will be attending with special show discounts.

The competition phase of the show will include the usual divisions including Amateur, Professional, Masters, Youth and Commercial. Taxidermists will again have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious Ohio Sate Champion Medallions, hand sculpted especially for this competition by Cary Cochran, renowned Ohio sculptor and taxidermist. To compete for the Ohio state Champion and corresponding medallion in the various categories, you must enter in the Masters Division.

Registration for taxidermists will begin on March 26 from 12-8 p.m. and again on March 27 from 8-11 a.m. The show will be open to the public on March 27 from 1-5 p.m. The general public is not required to register and will be limited to the mount display area only. It is expected that there will be over 200 mounts on display.

There will be a nominal donation of $5 per person to view this exclusive exhibit of mounted wildlife. Look for the OTA ad and bring one to the show for a $2 discount at the door. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All public attendees are obligated to abide by the mount display safe area and cordoned off areas.

The Mid-Ohio Conference Center is located at 890 W 4th St, Mansfield OH 44906. For more detailed information about the show and competition, joining OTA and pre-registration, log on to or call Jim Tucker at 330-878-7405.

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The Ohio Taxidermy Championships will be open for the public to view entries on Mar. 28 in Mansfield, OH.

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The Ohio Taxidermy Association (OTA), will host the Ohio Taxidermy Show and Championships March 26, 27 and 28, 2010 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield, OH. The public is welcome to view entries on Mar. 28.



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