The Oblong Children’s Christian Home is planning its second annual Sportsman’s Day, an outdoor fundraiser, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT on Saturday on the campus of the home.
“Those who hunt and trap in this area of the country enjoy the chance to gather and participate in sporting events, demonstrations and interactions with vendors and like outdoorsmen,” said Amy Kemp, event planner and director for promotions and partnership development at the home.
Visitors may choose to participate in clay pigeon shooting, muzzleloader, .22 rifle marksmanship, hatchet-throwing, slingshot, turkey-calling and archery. Children ages 7 and up are welcome to take part as many times as they would like throughout the day. These events are hosted thanks to a group of volunteers from Jasper County, known as Outdoors Unlimited.
Adding to the day’s events are two demonstrations, on gunsmithing and taxidermy. Local experts Brian Wick and Kathy Hoalt will inform the crowd and answer questions about the details of their trades. They will remain in the exhibitor area during the day to continue conversations. Also gathered there will be vendors representing bow shops, woodworking, trapping and outdoor power sports equipment.
The Illinois Conservation Police will be on-site for the day with their conservation display trailer.
For a contribution of $5, participants can enjoy all of these events and a complimentary meal, including a choice of porkburger, hamburger, brat or hot dog; chips, cookie and a drink.
The Oblong Children’s Christian Home is a nonprofit home that houses abused, troubled and neglected children.
The home, in existence since 1969, builds healthy relationships, demonstrates God’s unconditional love, teaches God’s truth and develops each child’s unique abilities.