Tournament fosters young shooters; door prizes and saving bonds to be awarded

KINSLEY -- On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Kinsley Gun Club will host its Annual Kids Klassic trap shooting tournament for high school and junior high students. Each youngster will fire at 100 targets. A $20 entry fee will include a custom T-shirt, dinner, and a chance to win a door prize, including a new Beretta shotgun or one of two Remington .22 rifles -- all provided by area businesses and the shooting fraternity. The entry fee does not include shells.

“Trap shooting is a safe, wholesome, lifetime sport that doesn’t require a lot of size or athletic ability,” says club secretary Frank O’Brien. “This event gives kids who like to shoot or hunt a chance to try trap shooting in a friendly competition designed for kids who are already shooting.”

Shooters will compete for trophies, Olympic-style medallions, shotgun shells, and other prizes in four age groups for individuals and five-person teams. Ten $100 savings bonds will be awarded by drawing, so everyone has a chance to win. A trophy and prize will be reserved for the top girl shooter, as well.

While everyone is welcome to attend, participants who enter must be strong enough to handle a shotgun safely and are expected to know the basic rules and etiquette of trapshooting.

Entries (including T-shirt sizes and number of adults for lunch) must be received by September 17. To enter, receive an official program, receive more information, or find out where to practice close to home, phone O’Brien toll free at 1-888-324-5445, email, or write to Frank O’Brien, P. O. Box 351, Lewis, KS 67552.

In addition to the youth event, the club will hold a shoot the following day in memory of long-time club members Ted, Herman, and Joe Schaller. This event is open to shooters of all ages competing for cash prizes in a number of categories.