Big turnout for Rod and Gun Club family fun event

Gord Fortin
Lakeside Leader

The Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club welcomed approximately 200 people to its Family Fun Day and Horn Scoring event.
Club president Gordon Iverson says this was an event organized for kids, but anyone could come and participate. The event itself took place in the gym of Northern Lakes College on Jan. 13.
There was a chili cook off. There were eight entries.
There were several vendors. Dave Booth Taxidermy had a display, which included a cougar, mountain goat and bear.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) had a display and activities for kids. ESRD brought its children’s fish pond, where children could catch a fish cutout and learn about that species.
“The kids really love it,” Iverson says.
Alberta FireSmart had a booth with information of its activities. There was a life-size board game “Helicopters and Hoses” which plays similar to Snakes and Ladders.
The event was rounded out with an archery range, where kids were given a chance to try out a bow, and a turkey and ham shoot. Iverson says there were 30 turkeys and hams. Six shooters at a time competed. Participants used pellet guns.
As for the horn scoring, Iverson says the club brought in scorers from the Athabasca area. This was open to anyone.
Iverson explains that this is not a club fundraiser. The idea is to break even and offer a venue for club members and their families to interact with each other.
“It’s a big social event,” he says. “Everyone comes out and has fun.”
As for what’s next for the club, Iverson says there is not much happening until June, 2018. The next big event will be Kids’s go Catch. This is where the club takes students from local schools, such as St. Francis of Assisi Grades 7 and 8, down to the weir on Lesser Slave River to go fishing. This will be during a weekend in June.
“The fishing is fantastic,” he says.
Kid’s go Catch has an archery component to it. Iverson says the archery range is not far from the weir. This allows kids to alternate between the two activities.
The event last year was successful, as 60 kids participated and there were 120 fish caught.

Kayleigh Marcellais, left, Kaison Marcellais and Danielle Baker enjoy the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development fishing pond at the Family Fun Day hosted by the Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club.

Many people took part in the turkey and ham shoot event during the Family Fun Day hosted by the Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club. Six competitors at a time fired pellets to get the high score and win a turkey.

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