More than 20 children visited the Slope County Fairgrounds and got a bang out of it.
The fairgrounds was being used for a Slope County 4-H Outdoor Skills Camp which focused on the shooting sports, according to the NDSU Extension agent for Slope County, Shelby Hewson.
The visitors had a chance to fire a shotgun at clay targets, a muzzleloader at metal targets, an air rifle and learn how to use a bow for archery.
The group was broken into age groups and also smaller groups to rotate through each of the stations at the fairgrounds. Those between eight and 10 years old focused on learning the skills needed in archery from Kyle and Hannah Frank, while those learning about the muzzleloaders were instructed by Eudell, Kail, and Marilyn Larsen. Kent Maershbecker and Michael Frank handled the instructions at the shotgun spot in the rotation, while Dixie Schulz was the air rifle instructor.
According to Hewson, there have been several repeaters who have attended the camp more than once over the years.
Among the children attending the camp were Bryson Frank, Rawley Kessel, Emmitt Dorner, Anthony Dorner, Jonah Nios, Cade Allard, Zak Nios, Noah Nios, Wyatt Kessel, Cambrie Erickson, Layla Krinke, Claire Erickson, Sabrina Bookhardt and Noah Harrimen. In addition, there was Austin Barnhart, Brayden Barnhart, Wyatt Dorner, Toby Nios, Riley Pond, Tasha Pond and Shayna Pond.
The participants also were served a meal during the event.