The Millville Volunteer Fire Company is set to bring the outdoors inside for its first of what they hope will become an annual event — the Outdoorsman Marketplace show, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the fire hall. The event's proceeds will benefit the fire company's efforts to raise money for a new fire hall.

Vendors for the show include many related to outdoorsman activities, including hunting, fishing, boating, cooking, photography, RVs and much more. There will also be craft businesses and vendors in the “nautical” arena, who organizers said will feature quality inventory for purchase, not flea market-type products.

The price of admission will be $3 for those 15 or older, which includes a ticket for a door prize. Children 14 or younger will be admitted free of charge and will also receive a ticket for a kid's door prize. Door-prize winners not need to be present when selected, as winners will be contacted by a MVFC representative.

“Clark Droney and Greg Hocker contacted me about getting this thing going,” Delaware Surf Fishing owner Rich King said. “They felt this was a good idea to help raise money for the fire hall. I have a large network, so I know a lot of vendors. This is one of the things we do.

“They are hoping to make about $10,000 for this event,” he noted. “This a great community outreach program for the fire hall, and this is an event that is popular for the residents of Delaware and Delmarva.”

Among the things going on during the event, there will be a “Chinese” auction, a 50/50 raffle and a gun raffle. Raffle participants should know ahead of time that they will pass a background check, before they purchase a ticket and participate in the raffle. Therefore, those who aren't permitted to own a gun should not try to win one.

The guns will be raffled with a deck of cards per gun, which includes 54 cards in the deck (with the jokers) at $20 per card for most of the guns. Some of the guns being raffled will be at $10 per card. The guns have been donated by G&E/Hocker's Supercenter & Hardware, and have to be picked up from there the day after the event (Sunday, Jan. 13) during a designated period of time.

There will be no cash equivalent offered for the guns won, and — again — participants must be sure they can pass a background check prior to participating in the raffle. Chances are non-transferable, and all monies raised will benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company.

Atlantic Tactical Firearms Trainers are bringing their firearms simulator, charging $5 for five minutes of shooting. All the proceeds from the simulator will be donated back to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company.

The simulator was described as an awesome training video game that is a blast to use (pun intended). It will be set up in a side room near the main entrance and will feature different modes and games, including balloon animals and zombies, and real-life fire situations for training.

Breakfast and lunch will be prepared by the MVFC Ladies Auxiliary, and sponsored by Al Casapulla's and Hocker's. Beer will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Holts Wine & Spirits.

The raffle and door prize items are being donated by vendors and sponsors, as well as from several businesses in the community. The show is being presented by the Voice Radio Network's The Vault Classic Rock 103.5 and 102.9 FM, and also sponsored by G&E/Hocker's Supercenter & Hardware, Tow Boat US Indian River, Bob's Marine, East Coast Campers & More, Delaware Surf Fishing, Coastal Point newspaper and WBOC-TV.

Organizers said the show will be a fun event for the entire family.

By Jason Feather

Point Reporter