Representatives from sportsmen’s organizations throughout the state were at the governor’s mansion in Bexley, Ohio last night for an evening of music, picnic food, and fellowship.

Governor Ted Strickland, a staunch supporter of Ohio’s hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation community, mingled among the guests at the casual event.

Governor Strickland spoke briefly, remarking on the many contributions Ohio sportsmen make to the economy and environment of the state. He thanked the NRA for their work in support of 2nd amendment rights in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for their tireless efforts to maintain Ohio’s parks and public lands, and all those present whose work contributes to creating and maintaining Ohio’s abundant hunting, fishing, and outdoor opportunities.

“Thank you all for coming,” the governor said. “It is my pleasure to have you visit here, because this is your house. I want to thank you for the contributions you make to the great state of Ohio.”

Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland, an avid angler, chatted with guests in the garden.

Those attending included representatives of the National Rifle Association, The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, the South Cuyahoga Sportsmen Association, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, youth hunters and archers, and many other individuals who have made contributions to outdoor sports in the state.