Turkey Shoot (free clip art)
Community Service Organization Jefferson (VA) Ruritan is gearing up for the 27th annual Friday Night Turkey Shoot competitions to be held this autumn at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton VA.
The Turkey Shoots began in 1986 as a fund-raising activity for the Ruritans. For many years the competitions were so popular they became the primary fund-raising activity for the Ruritans. The funds were used to help maintain the Community Center, for contributions to local charities, and scholarships to local students.
When the Turkey Shoots began, lead shot was used. Due to environmental concerns, the use of lead shot was discontinued in 2010 in favor of using steel shot.
In spite of the name “Turkey Shoot” paper targets are used in the competition. The competition consists of several different rounds. The prizes for the competition vary depending on what round is being played. Some rounds have food prizes, with a first, second, and third prize. Other rounds are 60/40 money rounds, with only one winner taking away a percentage of the proceeds for that particular round. Door prizes are awarded, and raffles are held.
A variety of hot foods are sold at the concession stand during the Turkey Shoots, and a loyal following has developed from local residents that come to the Turkey Shoots to socialize and enjoy a Friday night meal out without having to drive all the way into Warrenton or Culpeper.
Families bring children with them, and the children often play in the large multi-purpose room at the Community Center while the parents are keep a watchful eye, seated at a nearby table while enjoying their meal.
During a typical Turkey Shoot, the competitors provide their own shotguns.
All guns are checked for a modified or larger choke. All guns without a choke must be 0.69 or larger. No barrels over 36 inches are allowed.
This year the targets will be sold for $3 for one ticket, $6 for two tickets, $8 for three tickets. This is a slight increase over last year’s target price and is due to an increased insurance premium.
The first Turkey Shoot of the 2013 season will be October 4th, 2013, and the last competition of the season is planned for December 20th, 2013.
The Turkey Shoots begin at 7pm, and run until the last prize is awarded. Some nights run later than others, but the events are usually over by 10pm.
For more information about the Turkey Shoots, please call Marcy Bade at 540-349-2310.