Hundreds participate in 3rd Annual Turkey Shoot

Hundreds participate in 3rd Annual Turkey Shoot

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EL CENTRO - Hundreds of rifle and pistol shooters participated in Imperial County's 3rd Annual Turkey Shoot.

The main prize? A turkey for Thanksgiving.

Not only did participants shoot for an opportunity at winning a frozen turkey but the event's proceeds are going towards needy children in The Imperial Valley.

Shooters came all from over the country to participate in the tournament, all of them vying for the opportunity to take home one of the many prizes.

"The prizes that The Kiwanis have brought in are fantastic", says Anthony Adams. "Rifles pellet guns, barbeques, dozens and dozens of gift certificates. They've got all kinds of things to give away for prizes. Those were separate in a raffle. Plus if you shoot in The Turkey Shoot and you win, you actually get to take a frozen turkey home".

And for a few of the participants, they won't be worrying about finding a turkey for Thanksgiving as they took home a good size bird for their shooting score.

More importantly, the funds collected at the Turkey Shoot will benefit the youth of Imperial County.

"We sponsor things like Pop Warner teams, Cheerleading squads, softball teams, you name it, anything that children are involved in", says Early Risers Kiwanis President, Gary W. Andrews. "We recently sponsored a young lady to go to Washington D.C. to learn about our government and things like that".

The tournament had participants and spectators of all ages. Family and friends came out to support the shooters. Some were local residents  and some were visitors.

Ben Travis came from La Mesa, California. He says that, besides the weather, the fact that the Turkey Shoot helps out the community is the big reason he participated.

"It's great to get down here and enjoy the nice weather, it's cooled down quite a bit", he says. "The charity factor is really a great neat concept to come out and shoot. It's a good day".

"Nice weather over here", he says. "Just hanging out with the cousins & having a good time. We're gonna just have a good time, it's nice out here, enjoyable".

For The Imperial valley rifle and Pistol Association, it gives them an opportunity to promote the sport,

"We're just looking to get our membership up and bring in young shooters in here", says Adams. "It's a wonderful sport and we have the most fantastic facilities here in Imperial County and probably Southern California for shooters".

Gary echoes' Anthony's sentiments about shooting.

"Shooting is a sport that's popular in Imperial Valley", he says. "I think it's important that the young people learning how to shoot, learn how to do so in a proper way. This give them the opportunity to come out and experience the sport and learn how to do it in a proper and safe matter. I think it's a wonderful event".

More than a dozen turkeys were given out to participants to go along with hundreds of dollars in other prizes.

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