PORT JERVIS — Dogs, birds, bikes, hatchets, fish and firearms – a wide assortment of sports will be on display at the Sportsmen’s Expo in Riverside Park on Saturday. The event was begun three years ago by Maria Mann, owner of the Gun Lady shop in Port Jervis, in cooperation with Tom King, president of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. NYSRPA pays for use of the park, insurance, city police and other services, but the event is multi-faceted.

“We wanted to offer something for everyone, not just people interested in firearms,” said Mann, who arranged to have a Marine Color Guard from Newburgh open the event, along with Regina Creegan, Port Jervis High School student, singing the national anthem.

Bringing a 5000 gallon Hawg Trough on a trailer will be champion pro bass fisherman Jim Vitaro, from Ohio, after money was raised for it by Mann and Jack Michulski, of Greenville, who stocks rivers from the Ramapo to the Neversink with fish. John Malzahn will use fish in the tank to demonstrate techniques for hooking such fish as bass, perch, catfish and crappie, Mann said.

Meanwhile, Schutzhund dog training, for obedience and protection, will be demonstrated by Lisa Cash and Marine Corps Sgt. Jason Hamlet, from DogTreff, in Deerpark. Viking Hactchet Hurling, of Port Jervis, will bring a mobile unit. B&B Archery, from Middletown, will do demonstrations and instruction.

Last year, Bill Streeter and his Delaware Valley Raptor Center birds were popular with the crowd of 4000, said Mann. So this year she arranged for Jonathan Wood to bring his Raptor Project, with rescued raptors from around the world, two-ounce falcons and owls to eagles with eight-foot wingspans. His shows will be at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m..

Cowboy Larry and Brave Beth will do rope, tomahawk knife, gunspinning, bullwhip tricks and more, with shows that, says Mann, “end with a bang,” at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Herb DeWitt will use his handmade devices to do turkey calls. And Oxford Station Band will provide country, folk and rock music.

Police, ambulance and military representatives will also have offerings. U.S. Marines will do fitness demonstrations and provide a pull-up challenge. Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance will do blood pressure checks. Port Jervis Police Department will have a recruiting booth. And showing off K-9s and equipment will be the Orange County Sheriff, New York State Police, and the Sullivan County Sheriff departments. Neversink Media radio will broadcast from the event all day.

Italian ice and ice cream vendors, the Piranha Grill and others will sell food. Sportsmen’s Expo, Riverside Park in Port Jervis, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the event is free. For information, call Maria Mann at 551-9265 or email thegunlady92@gmail.com.