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State 4-H Shooting Match a success

Posted 10/8/2008

More than 80 youth competed in the 2008 State 4-H Shooting Match held in Elko, Nev., Sept. 20. Clark, Lyon and Washoe counties participated in the match for the first time this year, helping to double the number of participants compared to the 2007 State Match. The event was held at the Elko County Shooting Range and included competitions that encompassed Archery (barebow and freestyle), Air Pistol, Air Rifle, .22 Rifle, Muzzleloader Rifle and Shotgun.

The Overall High Point Shooters were Nolan Cumming of Elko County, Junior Age; Bryce James of Storey County, Intermediate Age; and Ryan Thompson of Lander County, Senior Age.

The contestants and the hundred-plus audience participated in hands-on educational workshops and Primitive Bow Making, which included bows, arrows and spears as well as an opportunity to test their skills with the devices. Flint Knapping, Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge Booth, Making Fishing Flies and Muzzleloader Shotgun were also at the event and on hand to interact with the participants.

Along with the competitive events and educational workshops, the day also included lunch, provided and served by the Mound Valley 4-H Club.

"Education was a valuable component of this event," Steve Schafer, 4-H youth development program and events coordinator, said. Schafer said the event was highly successful because of both the educational workshops available and the increased number of participants in the events.

The 2008 Match concluded with a dinner and awards banquet at Great Basin College. More than 200 attendees saw the Contestant Processional, a musical solo by Madison Hughes, an Elko County 4-H member, a musical skit by the Starr Valley 4-H Club and the presentation of awards. The Overall High Point Shooters Award for each category was sponsored by Cabella’s.

4-H is the youth development and youth education program of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). Information on 4-H can be found at the 19 UNCE offices, the State 4-H Office at 775-746-6206 or www.unce.unr.edu.

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