Proceeds from annual charity shoot benefit 4-H, women’s shooting efforts
Steamboat Springs — Proceeds from the 2015 Memorial Fun Shoot at the Routt County Rifle Club in Steamboat Springs bought hundreds of rounds of ammunition for Routt County 4-H shooting programs, paid travel expenses to state shooting competitions and sent a couple of aspiring women to shooting camps in the region.
“The money we raise helps the kids in the 4-H programs go to state, and it also helps get women involved and supports their efforts in shooting,” said Deb Holmes, who along with Fran Holliday, helps organize the event, which initially honored the memory of longtime shooting advocate Lorna Farrow, who died in 2009.
The name of the shoot was changed last year to Memorial Fun Shoot upon the request of Farrow’s husband, Gary. But organizers say Farrow’s spirit can still be felt at the event, which has been designed to introduce everyday people to the fun of competitive shooting.
“We wanted to respect the wishes of the family and Gary (Lorna Farrow’s husband) who felt like it was time to change the name,” Holliday said.
Holliday said renaming the shoot is also a way to honor other folks who stepped up to support the event including longtime board member and treasurer of the Routt County Rifle Club John Rogan, who passed away a few months after Farrow. Holiday credited Rogan with getting approval for the first fun shoot on short notice.
This year’s Memorial Fun Shoot will take place from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Routt County Rifle Club, which is located just west of Steamboat Springs.
Participants will rotate through nine different stations including .22 caliber rifle, .22 caliber pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading and archery.
The idea of the event is to introduce people, and more specifically families, to competitive shooting and to promote the sport in Routt County. The cost is $30 for a single participant. The cost for a second family member drops to $15 and then to $10 for each additional family member.
Holmes said the event raises between $3,000 to $4,000 each year.
“The money is used to promote 4-H programs all across Routt County. We have supported programs in Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Hayden and Steamboat Springs,” Holliday said. “We buy ammo, help pay for travel expenses and even bought T-shirts for the state competition.”
The event is open to anyone, and organizers will provide ammo and firearms for the shoot. Registration will be accepted on the day of the shoot. Contact Holmes at 970-846-0709 or Holliday at 970-819-9547 for more information.
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