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Labor’s booth returns
to Game Fair 2017
August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Visit the Minneapolis
Regional Labor Federation’s booth at Game Fair for free give-aways and for drawings to win outdoor gear!

IBEW Local 292 retiree Jim Thomas and a turkey he shot this spring in Lyon County.

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, July 28, 2017

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

RAMSEY — Visitors to the annual Game Fair will find a booth hosted by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and participating unions for the 13th year running.

The 36th annual Game Fair runs two weekends, Friday-Sunday,  August 11-13 and Friday-Sunday, August 18-20. The setting is the beautiful woods and lakeshore of Armstrong Kennel Ranch in Ramsey.  Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year, Game Fair  offers seminars and demonstrations by hunting and fishing experts, exhibitors including commercial vendors and nonprofit conservation organizations, competitions, and hands-on activities for all ages.

A crowd favorite: the contest featuring hunting dogs leaping off the dock to retrieve a decoy.

Chuck Delaney, Game Fair founder, said a special new presenter this year will be Nora Ross, champion trap-shooter and instructor.

“We’ve got 11,000 high school students shooting trap in the state of Minnesota,” Delaney noted. He plans to donate Game Fair’s gate receipts to support these high school programs.

Labor booth seeks volunteers

This year’s labor booth at Game Fair will be twice as big as years past and will feature many more give-aways and prize drawings, thanks to new involvement by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance.

The labor booth is part of the outreach work of the North Suburban Advisory Council of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation.

This year, the booth seeks to engage not just union members visiting Game Fair, but also the general public attending the event.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to be out in the community so people can see who we are,” said Mike Nelson, an AFSCME retiree helping to coordinate Game Fair volunteers.

Union members who volunteer for a three-hour shift at the booth  will receive a free pass to Game Fair for the day. To volunteer, contact Nelson at 612-747-9404 or e-mail minelcr@msn.com.

For more information about Game Fair, including coupons for discounted admission, visit www.gamefair.com.

Related story:
For union members, time outdoors hunting and fishing is a long-cherised Minnesota tradition

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