First Posted: 5/9/2009
DOBSON Surry Community College hosts the only educational-based Taxidermy Conference sponsored by a community college, and one of the largest in the United States.
This three-day conference, competition and trade show will be held May 14-16 at various locations on the colleges main campus in Dobson. This event will offer 29 taxidermy seminars to choose from during the three-day period that will be taught by some of the top taxidermists in the country. Registration is $66 for the full conference, but the viewing of the Beautiful Wildlife Art in the competition area will be open to the public on May 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at no charge in the Engineering Technologies building (K building).
The event showcases training, products and a judged competition for both amateurs and professionals. Experienced taxidermists can learn about the latest techniques and products available in the industry. It is also a great opportunity for a beginning taxidermist to learn what the industry is all about, while mingling with some of the best in the country.
Participants come from all across the U.S. to learn from, and compete against, other leading taxidermists in the business. Last year, the conference attendance exceeded 300 with 17 states represented. This year, there are already more than 200 people registered to date and 32 vendors for the event.
This is Surry Community Colleges fourth year hosting the event, which is annually held the third week of May. It originally began at Piedmont Community College in Roxboro and was held for 31 years in that location. Due to space limitations and the loss of their taxidermy program, the conference was moved to Surry Community College in 2006.
We are excited to have the opportunity to host this conference, said Program Director Gregory Smith. It complements our year-round taxidermy program at our Workforce Development Center in Mount Airy very well.
Surry Community College offers hands-on taxidermy training throughout the year covering deer heads, birds, fish and life-size mammals in either beginning or advanced classes.
Many of our students go on to start their own businesses after taking our programs, said Smith.
All of the latest information and registration information can be found at www.taxidermy.surry.edu, or by calling 386-3398.