Game Fair in Ramsey open one more weekend

Game Fair drew thousands of people to Ramsey on its first open weekend Aug. 8-10. The second weekend will include the same activities and another chance to check it out.

Game Fair, located at Armstrong Ranch Kennels, 8404 161st Ave. NW., is open Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Sunday, Aug. 17 schedule is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Be sure to bring your dog, your hunting firearm or bow and arrow if you want to participate in the competitions, but dogs must be leashed and hunting weapons must be cased when you are not competing.

You can also come to watch the competitions or the different demonstrations. Different trick shooting professionals scheduled over the two weekends, to add variety for return visitors. This weekend’s act is The Gould Brothers, who were at the Game Fair last year.

For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit www.gamefair.com.

Jack Campbell, 10, of Excelsior, learns more about this Finnish Goshawk from master falconer Greg Mikkelson. Thousands came out to the Game Fair at Armstrong Ranch Kennels this past weekend in Ramsey. The outdoors extravaganza has three days remaining, Aug. 15-17. This red-tailed hawk was one of several hawks on display at the Game Fair. This Finnish Goshawk spread its wings while perched on the protected hand of Greg Mikkelson, a master falconer with the Minnesota Falconers Association. A couple of events required retrieval of a decoy, but the obstacle course also included a fence and barrels to jump over. Ruger, a seven-year-old yellow lab, decided to bypass the obstacles on a couple of occasions. Ruger is owned by Greg Wentworth, of St. Cloud. Jack Helgeson, 6, of West Fargo, North Dakota, gets tips on shooting a bow and arrow. Tim Bradley showed off his skills in a shooting exhibition this past weekend. He shot up to seven clay discs in quick succession for one trip, but some of the biggest cheers came when he drove a golf ball and then a baseball with shells from his Benelli shotgun. Gus, a 3-year-old springer owned by Nowthen resident John Nelson, was hesitant to leap off the dock to fetch this decoy. He eventually jumped into the water to retrieve it. Game Fair has several competitions for dogs. Some of these dogs were very anxious to get off their leashes, especially when they saw one escape a leash while another was competing in the long jump Saturday morning, Aug. 9.  The long jump is one of several dog competitions at Game Fair. Thomas Jordan, 4, of Buffalo, checks out this John Deere tractor. The supplier that had this booth at Game Fair was Minnesota Equipment Solutions.  Sondra and Neal Nelson, of White Bear Lake, scope out the Franchi Instinct SL over and under 20-gauge shotgun. More than 300 vendors registered for this year’s Game Fair, according to event organizer Chuck Delaney.  Photos by Eric Hagen
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A couple of events required retrieval of a decoy, but the obstacle course also included a fence and barrels to jump over. Ruger, a seven-year-old yellow lab, decided to bypass the obstacles on a couple of occasions. Ruger is owned by Greg Wentworth, of St. Cloud.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]