The Kiwanis Club of North Little Rock held its second annual trap shoot fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, at the Remington Gun Club. Several teams of five each from locations throughout the state participated. Many of the shooters are high school members of teams sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in their Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program in their towns. Adult teams also participated and one from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
The Remington Gun Club is located just south of the Remington Arms plant on I-30 west of Lonoke. It is also where the Arkansas State Championship Shoot is held at the end of the season in July. It has seven shooting ranges and is well equipped with the latest range equipment and they furnish the scorer personnel are furnished for each round. Ammunition is included in the registration fee of $50 per team member. They will also furnish the proper shotgun if a shooter did not bring their own.
“This year, there were 67 shooters and attendance was close to 100 people,” said North Little Rock Kiwanis Club member Bill Burgin. “This was the second year for the project and is getting larger each time. Teams came from Camden, Conway, Benton, Batesville, Paragould, Heber Springs, and Jacksonville.”
A plaque was given to teams from Camden Fairview High School for first place and for second place and third place was the University of Arkansas team.
Individual shooter awards went to Brady Ferguson from Conway; second place to Kenzee Matthews from Batesville; and third place to Aran Wynn from Camden. Other door prizes were given and the first and second place members of each team were given a Ducks Unlimited cap. A nice lunch was available to all those in attendance. Members of the Key Clubs of North Little Rock High School East Campus and West Campus helped with the lunch and registrations, said Burgin.
“The Kiwanis Club considers this both a youth service project and a fundraising project,” he said. “Money raised by the event is spent on service projects they carry out each year.”“
Some of the principal projects are distributing food baskets to needy families for Thanksgiving, sponsorship of two Key Clubs in the local high schools, and distributing three books to over 400 fourth-grade students in the North Little Rock School District. Many smaller projects are also carried out.