On Saturday, more than 60 young people from 17 different counties traveled to the Farmland Conservation Club to participate in the 2022 Randolph County 4-H Shooting Sports Extravaganza. This event features round robin style competition in several different disciplines including archery, rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, pistols, slingshots and throwing items such as axes and the knives. During downtime, participants and their guests can also enjoy fishing or playground equipment at the Farmland Conservation Club.
This year marks the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that the event has taken place as normal. The event has been around since the late 1980s and is a low-key competition that encourages participants to have fun while trying new things. The Shooting Sports Club teaches the proper care and handling of firearms in a safe and supervised atmosphere. Many State Certified Instructors were present to supervise the activities. Even three of the people who train the instructors were present.
The 238-acre Farmland Conservation Club located on County Road 500 west is an ideal venue for the event. The club includes a shooting range, pistol range, shotgun and rifle trap shooting range, archery range, dog training grounds, pond, clubhouse and playground equipment, all in a beautiful wooded atmosphere. The club is normally a private establishment with reasonably priced annual memberships available. It regularly hosts events such as the shooting sports extravaganza and regularly offers hunter education classes.
Participants from across the state took advantage of a beautiful day to try out different types of shooting sports in a fun and safe environment. Rewards were given according to the age groups and the results obtained by the participants in the various events. The Randolph County Amateur Radio Club was also in attendance that day, participating in the ARRL’s Summer Field Day. The club had set up a station where anyone could try their hand at ham radio and maybe even find a new interest. “It’s a great way for people to find out who we are,” said club chairman Mike Daniels. “We love sharing this facility with the Randolph County 4-H Shooting Sports Club,” he added.
At the end of the day, as the prizes were handed out, attendees enjoyed a lovely roast pork to cap off an enjoyable day enjoying all that is available at the Farmland Conservation Club.