50 plus year tradition revived – The Field Day.
in 1936, the field day was a tradition that had become a fall season
mainstay in Cayuga County for many years.
Many fondly remember field day activities.
This year the Sportsmen’s Club is revived the tradition.
Various events, similar to what has been done in the past, will be
offered for sportsmen, sportswomen, their children, and interested
previous field days traditional outdoor sporting activities as well
as new events were continually offered.
For example, at the 17th Annual Field Day in 1953,
shooting dog field trials were the featured event.
Participants from all over the northeast participated.
Also, archery, a relatively new hunting sport, was
highlighted under the supervision of the 1945 national field archery
champion Fred Marco, a member of a prominent local sporting family
and friend of the famous archer Fred Bear.
Skeet and trap shooting were featured with the county skeet
champion determined during the day.
Red bird shooting, rifle and pistol shooting, and bait
casting on the club pond were all available.
Food and refreshments were served throughout the day.
later the field day grew into a two-day event.
In 1968, under the leadership of Thomas J. Ogar, William M.
Granger, Charles E. Lawrence, Oscar J. Masdam, Deming F. Clark, R.
Murray Johnston, and Stanford A. Ward, a two day field day was held
including such traditional sporting activities as trap and skeet
shooting, white bird shooting, high gun, archery, mock running deer
shooting, and rifle and pistol shooting.
In addition there were games and pony rides for the children.
Vendor exhibits included recreation vehicles, boats, fishing and
camping equipment. Scuba
diving equipment, snowmobiles, motorcycles, guns and cameras were on
display. There was a
horse show, a demonstration of state police bloodhounds, and a live
display of the trout and game birds inhabiting the area.
Helicopter rides were available and a mini tractor pull was
featured. Once again,
food and refreshments were on hand for all to enjoy.
1979, however, the field day had been reduced back to the original
one-day event. The
events included trap and skeet shooting, mock running deer shooting,
displays and demonstrations by the Cayuga County Chapter of the
National Wild Turkey Federation, and instruction in archery by the
Cayuga County Archers. Also,
an evening dance was held featuring the Soda Ash Six band.
Food and refreshments were available all day.
1988 the 52nd and last field day was held.
Among the many activities were practice skeet, practice trap,
red bird shooting, mock running deer shooting, a turkey shoot, and
black powder demonstrations and shooting.
The New York State troopers had a display, as did the Cayuga
County Sheriff’s department.
The local model airplane club and ham radio club
Owasco fire department also was on hand.
During the evening festivities the Good Dues provided music.
the many club members instrumental in the success of field day
activities over the years were Ray Robinson, Ernie Parks, Bob Dean,
Norm Marco, Gerard Marco, Bob Contiguglia, and the Dickman family.
year (2004), under the leadership of Jack Cavanaugh well known local
photographer, assisted by Joe Di Vietro, Bob Pacelli, and Scott
Barnes, another one day field day was be held on the Cayuga County
Sportsmen’s Club grounds on Rockefeller Road on the east side of
Owasco Lake. Activities
began at 9 a.m. on September 18 with a fishing derby for youth 15
and under in the newly built fishing pond on the lower grounds.
Bass Pro Shops and Auburn Wal-Mart provided prizes for
successful anglers. Later
in the morning The Fly Shop at Bass Pro Shops gave a fly-fishing
were youth shooting instruction and a dog demonstration by the
Southern Tier Schutzhund Club.
The New York State troopers and the Cayuga County sheriffs
department also had demonstrations.
the evening, a sportsmen’s banquet for raffle ticket holders
catered by Balloon’s Restaurant and a raffle drawing was held.
A silent auction featuring sporting memorabilia and
collectibles was also featured.
many years, the Cayuga County Sportsmen’s Club annual fall field
day was an activity that was warmly received by members of the
designed as a “tune up” for the fall hunting season, it evolved
into a celebration of the end of summer and the beginning of fall.
The revival of the field day event is an attempt to continue
with this tradition and also introduce the public to some of the
increasingly popular new outdoor sporting activities.
It is the hope of the members of the Cayuga County
Sportsmen’s Association that this will be the beginning of many
years of increasingly popular fall celebrations of the great