By Wendy Byerly Wood
May 15, 2014
DOBSON — Surry Community College hosts one of the largest taxidermy conferences in the United States, which is also the only educational-based taxidermy conference sponsored by a community college.
The 40th annual Taxidermy Mini-Course is a three-day competition and trade show scheduled for May 15-17 at various locations on SCC’s campus in Dobson. The public is invited to view the wildlife art competition entries, which will be on display in the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on Friday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The Taxidermy Mini-Course offers 30 taxidermy seminars that will be taught by some of the top taxidermists in the country. The topics include special demonstrations on how to create waterfowl, turkey, deer, fish, wild boar, rattlesnake, bobcat and more. Business seminars will also be featured that explain how to price taxidermy pieces, start a taxidermy business and operate a taxidermy business efficiently.
Experienced taxidermists can learn about the latest techniques and products available in the industry, while beginning taxidermists can learn the industry and network with some of the best taxidermists in the country. Participants come from all over the U.S. to take educational seminars and to compete against other leading taxidermists. Last year, the conference attendance exceeded 300 with 17 states represented. The event is held annually in May the week between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to host this conference,” said Greg Smith, director of SCC’s Pilot Center. “This event complements Surry Community College’s year-round taxidermy program very well. Many of our students start their own taxidermy businesses after taking our programs.”
Surry Community College offers hands-on taxidermy training annually covering deer heads, birds, fish, and life-size mammals in either beginning or advanced classes.
All of the latest information and registration for the Taxidermy Mini-Course can be found at www.surry.edu/taxidermy or by calling 386-3618.