The Catskills Great Outdoor Expo returns on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Kingston. Presenters at the one-day expo will include hiking clubs, paddling outfitters, climbing guides, skiing and mountain biking centers, gear outfitters, representatives of cultural attractions and local food producers.
Attendees will learn about camping and kayaking skills, foraging and flora identification, Lyme Disease prevention and invasive species impacts. Visitors to the L. L. Bean paracord bracelet-making station will fashion an accessory that doubles as a lifesaving device when out in the wild, and Trout Unlimited will offer ongoing fly-tying demonstrations. Face-painting and a kids’ binoculars discovery station will entertain the young ones.
Look for raffles, free samples and the Catskill Center Gear Swap. Dozens of outdoor-focused vendors will also be on hand, including Dette Flies from Livingston Manor, the River Connection specialty canoes and kayaks, Kingston’s Kenco Outfitters, Campmor, Duffle Out and many more first-time participants. This is the second time the Expo will take place. New to the Expo this year is the Catskill Equestrian Center with information about horseback riding in the Catskills.
Admission costs $3. Kids under 10 are admitted free.
Catskills Great Outdoor Expo, Saturday, Mar. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, (845) 586-2611, www.catskillcenter.org/outdoorexpo