68th National Outdoor Show Celebrates Dorchester History & Culture

Golden Hill hosts dozens of demonstrations and competitions February 22 & 23

For over seven decades, the National Outdoor Show has attracted tens of thousands of residents and visitors eager to explore the incomparable and unspoiled nature of Dorchester’s outdoors. Founded in 1938 to celebrate the area’s unique culture, heritage and beauty, the 2013 Show is expected to attract more than 5,000 people to South Dorchester School, February 22-23, 2013.

“The show kicks-off Friday with the pageant and traditional crowning of Miss Outdoors and culminate Saturday night with the World Champion Muskrat Skinning Contest,” said co-chair Buddy Oberender, adding, “The world-champion raccoon, nutria and muskrat-skinning competitions are just a few of the many contests attracting experienced and amateur contestants vying for cash prizes and bragging rights.” Other show competitions include muskrat races, corn shelling, trap setting, oyster shucking, pole skinning, log sawing, duck carving and goose calling.

In addition to the featured competitions, visitors can enjoy demonstrations, exhibitions and a dining area selling homemade crab cakes, soft crab and oyster sandwiches, crab soup, oyster stew, and traditionally prepared muskrat. The always-popular muskrat cooking competition, with both traditional and specialty categories, includes muskrat prepared in dishes like chili or Shepard’s pie.

Activities begin Friday at 5 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am and run late each evening.  Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. For updated event schedule and details, visit www.nationaloutdoorshow.org.