It's time to dust off your favorite taxidermy mounts for the first Seneca County Fair Taxidermy Contest.
The competition is to take place July 27, which is Wednesday of fair week, but mounts must be registered by June 30.
No entries will be taken on site. Participants will be required to take their mounts to the fair for display between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and take them home the same evening after 8.
Winners will be determine by "people's choice." Fair-goers will be invited to vote on their favorite entry 6-8 p.m.
There is no entry fee, except fair admission, and the winner will be awarded a prize, which has not yet been determined.
Wildlife Officer Matt Leibengood said he has distributed registration forms at Mountain Man Tradin Post, 1741 S. SR 53, and Weasner Archery, 19 S. Prospect St., Bloomville. Store hours at Mountain Man are noon-7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Store hours at Weasner are 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Leibengood said any type of taxidermy may be entered. One entry is allowed per person. Advanced registration will allow him to determine the space needed for entries.
The contest is part of an expanded wildlife and conservation area Leibengood is coordinating in one of the merchant buildings during the fair.
A wide array of organizations based on conservation and outdoor pursuits will be setting up displays to provide information to the public. Organization representatives do not have to attend, but volunteers are welcome.
People can try their hand at archery, and possibly some other hands-on activities.
Plans still are forming, but there might be some educational programs as well.
Organizations that want to participate should contact Leibengood at (419) 429-8394.