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Game Fair & Country Sporting Weekend at Orvis Sandanona, Millbrook

On September 16 & 17, Orvis Game Fair & Country Sporting Weekend will be held at the picturesque Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, the oldest permitted shooting club in the USA. Browse more than 70 upscale exhibitors and vendors. All around the picturesque Sandanona property watch artists and craftsmen at work.

Try your hand after watching fly-fishing and fly-tying demos by the professionals. See amazing birds of prey and dog-training seminars, and participate in hands-on youth programs. Maneuver the special Land Rover driving course and see how well you make out!

Expert instructors offer free fly-casting lessons and the chance for novices to learn to shoot in a fun, safe environment under the watchful eye of a specialist. It’s the perfect time and place to introduce your entire family to these lifelong pursuits. Enter to win Orvis clothing, dog beds, and more!

Test your shooting skills at this competitive shotgun shooting event on Saturday, September 16: The America's Clays Cup, which celebrates fine side-by-side guns from the world's great makers. Entrants of all skill levels have the opportunity to shoot 50 fun and diverse sporting clays targets from stations marked by international flags. Shooters compete for the highest score based on their gun's country of origin (i.e. best score for a British SXS, best score for a German SXS, best score for a Belgian SXS, etc.) Scores are tallied by the shooters individually, with an awards ceremony to follow.

On Sunday, September 17 at the 11th Annual Orvis Cup test your shooting skills at this competitive shotgun shooting event. All levels of shooters can enjoy a day on the sporting clays course, a pre-shoot hot breakfast, post-shoot luncheon, and awards ceremony. Each registered shooter received a commemorative ball cap and canvas tote bag, along with four boxes of Winchester 12 ga. or 20 ga. ammunition. Enter the Caesar Guerini Over and Under Shotgun Raffle!


If you’ve never been to the Orvis Sandanona Grounds in Millbrook, Sandanona is a step back in time, to a place where the traditions of the field and the hunt are held in the highest regard, and where wing-shooting is a passion that links the past with the present. This venerable sporting institution is the oldest permitted shooting preserve in the country, so old in fact, that the main lodge was built during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Using its richly textured past as a foundation, Orvis Sandanona has built a thriving, modern sporting-clays shooting ground that is consistently ranked among the very best in the nation. Orvis Fly-Fishing and Wingshooting Schools and a fully-catered lodge facility that includes ample meeting space create a benchmark experience for both corporate recreation and individual sporting pursuits. Sandanona is open 363 days a year.

Everything will be focused on showcasing activities that comprise the Distinctive Country Lifestyle. The fair is free and open to all from 9am to 5pm; participant fees vary. But there are loads of free events and exhibits for all, with a variety of hands-on kids youth programs.  Visitors are encouraged to participate, so seize this first-rate chance to fulfill that desire to try your hand at shooting or fly fishing. Plus, you can enter to win Orvis clothing, dog beds, a Started Puppy Raffle by French Creek Labradors, and more!

Orvis Sandanona is located at 3047 Sharon Turnpike/Route 44 in Millbrook. Located a short drive north of New York City, just off the Taconic Parkway, Sandanona in autumn is the perfect place, in the perfect time of year, to enjoy the wonderful scenic Hudson Valley and all it has to offer! Call them at 845-677-9701.

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