Just a quick update on the progressive planning for the event. Eric and I are tossing a lot of ideas back and forth and could use some input. The event seems to be even more fun each year so we want to keep that going.
I have asked Umarex to attend in any capacity. They are relatively close in Ft. Smith so I hope to get a positive response from them.
As for activities, here are a few things we are thinking about.
The firing line will most definitely change from last year. It will be much larger and easily accessible. You COULD drive right to it last year but with it being shifted (along with fences being shifted) you will be able to back right up to your shooting position. Eric will be setting up more tents for the firing line. Awesome....
Some of the other ideas need your thoughts and suggestions. There is no need for doing a lot of prep and setup if there will be minimum participation. We want to stay focused on what YOU want to participate in. We want it to be FUN!!!!
Anyway, we are considering setting up a FT event. Still a fun event, not a for national points or anything. My main thought on it was to introduce folks to FT shooting and what it is all about. I want to learn. I've never dealt with nor attended an FT event myself, so I'm interested in seeing and shooting one. If there is enough interest, we will try to get some experienced members, or even a shooting club, to help set up and manage the event. It will be set up as a learning and fun event.
We are also thinking of the kids. We are debating setting up something supervised for the kiddos to shoot a sort of competition amongst them. It would be a good time to get them gun safety lessons and airgun familiarization. I'm just not sure how many teen and below shooters we would have. So I'm not sure on this event, I need input.
Eric is excited after seeing us last year. That is great!!! He has been tossing this idea around even before last year. With all of his spare time concentrating on building the fantastic bridge, he didn't have time for much else. But he says the evenings out there in May were quite nice. Some folks stayed after hours and sat around a fire and even did some shooting. He is tossing around the idea of a well illuminated night shoot. With airguns as well as pb's.
Some of us did shoot pb's after the event. It was fun. But Eric has generators and is thinking of stringing up LED lighting for a night time range.
Eric is in contact with the local lodging folks and is trying to secure the waterfront cabins as well as the one on the golf course for us. And to get us a discount rate. These facilities are just down the road from the event. Even if they don't reserve the entire place for us, I will be staying in one of the lakefront cabins myself.
That's about it for now. Eric will chime in with more info and updates. Hope to see all of you there. Jump on with your thoughts and ideas, let's ,make 2019 the best event yet!!!!