Fair displays 4-H shooting sports results for first time


The Clark County Fair is in full swing and many local residents are making the annual pilgrimage for their favorite events and fair foods.

The fair is a great time for area 4-H members to share what they’ve learned over this past year.

We’re all familiar with the livestock, farming, cooking, sewing and artistic projects of 4-H, but there’s another area in 4-H that doesn’t get much attention. Until this year, participants in that area didn’t even have a place to display their work.

For the first time, the results of judging for 4-H shooting sports will be displayed in the Youth Building at the 2013 Clark County Fair.

Most people are unaware that shooting sports is also a 4-H skill.

Safety is the primary goal of the projects where 4-H members must display their skill in knowledge, control, maintenance, and demonstrate safe use of the firearm. Members may choose to learn about shotgun, rifle, pistol or archery. Theory-based learning projects are also available.

The judging of 4-H projects related to shooting took place before the fair at the New Carlisle Sportsmen’s Club.

On July 13, more than 130 local members of 4-H and their families and leaders were scheduled to gather at the club located in Eastern Bethel Twp. at 1475 Folk Ream Road.

“The New Carlisle Sportsmen’s Club works with us on so many things,” said Jon Webb, a 4-H member and a junior at Greenon and JVS. As a junior leader in shotgun, Webb is able to teach with an instructor present.

Judging stations were set up at three different ranges at the club — shotgun, rifle and pistol, and archery, which was located mercifully in the shade. Webb pointed out the new archery backstop which 4-H members had constructed for the club.

At the trap range, a range officer, an instructor and a judge worked with each student. The student was judged on knowledge of the firearm, proper handling and safety. Accuracy was not as important as demonstrating control. Everyone, including me, wore eye and ear protection.

It was a pleasant afternoon and I noticed a group of Canada geese nearby who were not too concerned as they cruised across the pond past the fountain.

Meanwhile in the clubhouse, judges held interviews with each student to look over the workbook that each student had to complete. It wasn’t a grilling, but in a friendly business-like way judges made sure that the students remembered what they had done in the book. In an adjacent room parents or friends quizzed the 4-H member as they prepared for the interviews.

4-H leader and Enon resident Paul Webb hopes that Clark County fairgoers will take the time to look for the display in the Youth Building. The display will include project posters, booklets, and judging scores from the July 13 event. Two local 4-H shooters will be selected to represent Clark County at the Ohio State Fair.

New at this year’s Clark County Fair will be a special tent set up near the Youth Building to focus on this growing skill area in the 4-H world. New Carlisle Sportsmen’s Club, Ducks Unlimited, Wild Turkey Federation, Ohio Fish and Game, and 4-H will have displays and information tables and activities.

Young people interested in taking part in the 4-H shooting sports program next year need to contact the 4-H Extension office to find out which clubs will be offering these projects. They may visit http://clark.osu.edu or call 937-521-3860 after the fair, of course.

For more information on activities at the New Carlisle Sportsmen’s Club visit www.ncsportsmansclub.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Mother flees with child after carjacker tries to pull her from her car
Mother flees with child after carjacker tries to pull her from her car

A mother, fearing for her and her daughter’s life, jumped a curb while fleeing from a carjacker. The victim said she was getting gas from a Texaco station when a small red Toyota pulled onto the parking lot. Officers said the man in the red Toyota approached her truck and asked for a ride down the street. The victim said no, because she had...
Man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time, police say
Man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time, police say

Surveillance video recently released by police captures the moment a Miami man shot and killed a AAA contract worker in July.  Jesus Esquivel, 63, confessed to fatally shooting the man over the amount of time it took for AAA to get him assistance, the Miami Herald reports.  In a video taken across the street from his Kendall home...
Man pours coffee on controversial 'InfoWars' host Alex Jones
Man pours coffee on controversial 'InfoWars' host Alex Jones

Alex Jones, a radio host of “InfoWars” and conspiracy theorist who has alleged the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, took to the streets of Seattle this week. Videos on Facebook and Twitter show Jones walking around downtown and talking to people on the sidewalk about recent events surrounding President Donald Trump. Some people ignored...
Boy, 2, chokes to death on grape at grocery store
Boy, 2, chokes to death on grape at grocery store

A toddler choked to death on a grape at a grocery store after his mother was unable to perform CPR. Mother Emma Carver did not notice her son Ayyan Umar, 2, had eaten some grapes until she heard him making choking sounds last week. “I started banging on him,” mother Emma Carver told WXYZ. “But it wasn't getting it out, so it...
Family of Medway man killed on Tecumseh Road files wrongful death suit
Family of Medway man killed on Tecumseh Road files wrongful death suit

The family of a man struck and killed on Tecumseh Road nearly a year ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the SUV state troopers have alleged hit him. Lawrence J. Mason, 45, of Medway, allegedly was struck and killed by a silver 2015 Dodge Durango on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to a state patrol crash report. Mason was standing...
More Stories