OSCODA – When a new community event is first introduced to the public, it can require several attempts before momentum is gained and a respectable number of attendees show up. With the inaugural Michigan Bushcraft Spring Gathering, however, the first run couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.
“Thank you so very much. I’m blown away,” coordinator Charles Oncina told the crowd, referencing the impressive turnout at the event this past weekend, held at Lumberman’s Monument in Oscoda.
For nearly eight full hours on Saturday, guests enjoyed presentations by multiple speakers on a range of topics, took part in hands-on activities and had a chance to win a plethora of raffle prizes, ranging from knives and sharpeners to magazines, T-shirts, handcrafted axes, high-end outdoor gear and more.
To top it off, everything was free, the affair appealed to those of all ages and the weather was ideal for the duration of the event.
Guests could also browse the unique merchandise offered by some of the presenters and sponsors, and take advantage of free camping opportunities all weekend.
An example of this was found with Sebastion Grace, 12, Grosse Isle. He was joined by his siblings, father, grandfather and cousins, all of whom made the trip to Oscoda just for the Bushcraft event.