Next Saturday, Aug. 17, Atwoods Ranch and Home parking lot on Gilmer Street will be hopping with lots of kid-oriented activities, presented by Hopkins County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The NWTF hosts “JAKES Take Aim” event in communities “to introduce young people to the joy of the outdoors.” The event will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until at least 1 p.m.
“One o’clock is the estimated quitting time, but if it’s still going pretty strong, we probably won’t quit then,” said Wayne Dailey, vice president of Hopkins County Longbeards Chapter of NWTF.
Kids can enjoy supervised, one-on-one shooting in the designated Daisy target range.
“Daisy BB Company sponsors the National Wild Turkey Federation. We have in a trailer things needed for a blow-up BB target range,” Dailey said. “Kids can shoot targets inside. Targets can be pulled back and forth with a string. This allows kids to get involved in BB shooting, an event to get them started in outdoor activities. BB shooting will be one-on-one adult supervised so it’s safe, in an enclosed space. We’re working on a few more games for that day, too.”
All kids’ activities will be free. In addition to games, there will be several drawings for prizes donated by local businesses, including BB guns. Children have only to get a free ticket to ensure they’re entered for the free prize drawings.
There will also be a raffle for big ticket items that have been donated, such as ground blind and decorative ice chest. Cost to enter the raffle is $1 a chance.
There will be hamburgers and drinks for just $1. Atwoods is providing the burgers so that the $1 fee raised for food can all go directly back to Longbeards Chapter of NWTF to help sponsor additional youth events.
“Longbeards are the ones that are putting it on, but Atwoods has been a really big help. Farm Bureau Insurance put in some donations and Farm Country Tractor helped also. A few people are also helping put on the event,” Dailey said.
Started nine years ago to help promote and preserve the hunting heritage, Longbeards Chapter of NWTF has continued to expand its scope of outreach. They started with an annual NWTF banquet. The organization, which promotes not just turkey hunting but all hunting and fishing and conservation efforts, also helps with the Annual Kids Fishing Day at Peavine Pinion Pool in Buford Park in the spring. The JAKES Take Aim event is their latest activity, but Dailey said the group hopes to continue to expand, offering more youth activities each year. The number of events hosted depends on the funds raised, so the more who attend and participate in the raffle and partake of the $1 hamburger and drink, the more money they’ll have to put toward other activities.
Longbeards Chapter’s motto is “Save the habitat, save the hunt.” With Atwoods expanding and stocking their hunting and fishing supplies, and now offering hunting and fishing licenses, it made the business a perfect fit for the JAKES event.
More information about the Hopkins County Longbeards Chapter of NWTF can be found on their Facebook page or by calling Dailey at I-30 Radiator or Dale Thompson at Farm Country.
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