XENIA — Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages enjoyed the Greene County Fish and Game Association’s annual Picnic Weekend, Saturday and Sunday on the association’s grounds at 1538 Union Road.
A youth Fishing Derby and a Casting Competition started the weekend. Forty-five youngsters ranging in age from three through 15 competed for trophies, ribbons, and four tables full of prizes. Everyone got to go home with many very nice gifts.
Katie Drake, Alyssa Williamson, Christian Greene, Abigail Damron, Michael Stritenberger, Nathan Parker, James Bentley, Brady Muterspaw, Nick Greene, Angelica Heggem, Christi Price, Blake Eneix, Austin Bowlin, Kristi Parker, Jacob Stritenberger, Donavan Sherlock, Kayla Kurtz, Ralph Younker, D’Shawn Ford, Kaleb Stillabower, Anthony Cassanio, Ashley Hays, Dani Hays, Derrian Funkhouser, Anna Sherlock, Brady Reed, John Atkins, Danielle Stevens, Lilly Vanover, Cameron Atkins, Olivia Hatton, Renee Reed, Nathan Amon, Alexis Abner, Dani Price, Alexis Stritenberger, Kaden Kurtz, Ethan Williamson, Nathan Williamson, Nicholas Elam, Kaylyn Damron, Dylan Abner, Isabella Rutledge, Rachel Reed, and Jon Bentley were the “fisher persons” enjoying the Derby, which was conducted by Terry Cope and his assistants.
The Casting competition was held by Larry Rowland and a great crew of adults. Casting allowed the kids a break from watching fishing lines during the Fishing Derby. Casting on dry land, at Hula Hoops and a cardboard target gave the kids a chance to rack up points to win nice trophies and ribbons.
Competing up the hill from the lake were John Atkins, Anna Sherlock, Tony Cassano, Danielle Stevens, Lilly Vanover, Cameron Atkins, Renee Reed, Darrian Funkhouser, Katie Drake, Alexis Abner, Alexis Stritenberger, Kaden Kurtz, Dylan Abner, Kaylyn Damron, Nicolas Elam, Ethan Williamson, Rachel Reed, Alyssa Williamson, Abigail Damron, Christian Greene, Michael Stritenberger, Kaleb Stillabower, Ralph Younker, D’Shawn Ford, Blake Eneix, Jacob Stritenberger and Adlyn Couch.
Both Sporting Clays and a competition called “Top Gun” provided a lot of fun. The Sporting Clays competition is where shooters move from station to station shooting at clay targets. The competitors are given a variety of angles to shoot at different targets. Many champion shooters can be humbled trying to win bragging rights at this game.
“Top Gun” is a competition of a combined archery, pistol, and rifle shooting. It proves to be a challenging and fun competition. The “Top Gun” was won for the third year in a row, by Tom Cryder. His name will once again be engraved on a plaque displayed in the clubhouse.
A card shoot, also known as a Turkey Shoot, was held in the evening. The competitor who shot the closest pellet to the center X shot from a shotgun, won prizes of turkey, ham, or bacon. The Fish and Game Association held 25 shoots, with 12 shooters on each line. Men, women and youth competed equally on the line.
(Larry Rowland is a member of the Greene County Fish & Game Association.)