National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Brings Youth to Grand Island

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June 9, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska is host to the 2014 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Match June 24-29 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park and Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.

"This is the major competition in the country for 4-H Shooting Sports youth," said Steve Pritchard, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator and coordinator of Nebraska's 4-H shooting sports program. Fifty-four national 4-H champions will be named during the competition.

This event will involve over 4-H youth, ages 14-18, from across the nation competing in one of the nine disciplines offered.

The 27 events in the nine discipline areas include: small bore rifle, small bore pistol, muzzleloading, shotgun, air pistol, air rifle, hunting skills, recurve archery and compound archery.

States can send up to nine teams to compete in this event, which would be a maximum of 36 youth representing their state 4-H shooting sports program.

More than 100 volunteers from Nebraska and other states help conduct the events.

"It's almost like a family reunion when all these volunteers return to Grand Island for the National Invitational. Many of them have assisted several years to help out with the various events being conducted," Pritchard said.

The free event is open to the public. For more information, visit the website at

Steve Pritchard
Extension Educator
Boone Nance County Extension

Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service

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