SSRTA Supports CMATVA Elk Ride & Children Toy Drive
On Saturday a group of SSRT members met at Newman's Sandwich Shop in Clarence for an early breakfast. What a great breakfast it was as they opened up a little early for us. Mr. & Mrs. Newman, Rhonda and Jaynie did a great job handling the large crowd and provided a great meal. We got our meals quickly and then we were on our way to Benezette. There we were welcomed by Leroy Hake, Colten & Ray Dunlap as they instructed us where to park. Then, after unloading it was off the the Elk Visitors Center and present toys for the children and register with CMATVA. Most then toured the Elk Visitors Center, purchased some raffle tickets on the Polaris utv that Carns Equipment provided to the Elk Center, some watched the Elk movie and a few did some shopping.
This Elk Ride was the 3rd Annual Elk Ride-Those that attended the 1st Elk Ride can remember Wayne Yahn saying-the turnout was so well that CMATVA was going to make this an annual ride. Well, they did and it has only grown each year. Wayne could see the positive economic impact this was going to have on the few businesses in the area and he could see the interest by the people on the tour. Since then, Henry Sorgen & his crew has taken the event on and to the next level.
Henry Sorgen divided all into four groups and our group was number 1. Henry led us down the road past a successful hunter that was skinning out an Elk. Then we road to the Benezette Restaruant for a meal of Elk Burger, pulled pork and much much more. If you left there hungry, it was your own fault as they provided quite a spread. Then Henry led us off in a different direction where we saw an Eagle soring throught the sky. Then, we were off to the Benezette Winery. I saw people leaving with cases of wine to take home. This had to be a good day for the winery. They did a good job getting us through quickly so they could get ready for the next group.
We then took off riding the atvs/utvs on legalized roads looking for Elk. We pulled off at quite a few Elk sightings, taking pictures and just in amazement. Such a large animal when you get close to them. We saw - probably 150 to 175 - the groups best estimation. We then headed back to our vehicles and loaded up for the return to our homes.
CMATVA did a great job organizing and handling the event. Great positive economic impact event. Great job all!!