ELLIS – If you’re interested in introducing your child to the world of shooting sports, hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related activities, make plans to attend the 21st Annual Youth Outdoor Festival on August 18, 2018. The event will provide a day of free target shooting and other outdoor activities for youth 17 and younger at the Hays City Sportsmen’s Club, 5810 230th Ave., Hays (1/4 mile north of I-70, Exit 157).

Staff from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), as well as members of Hays area businesses, conservation groups and local shooting sports groups will collaborate to offer instruction on trap and skeet shooting, archery, as well as air rifle, muzzleloader and small-bore rifle marksmanship. There will also be a casting competition, paintball activities and a furharvesting demonstration. Events begin 9 a.m. on Saturday morning and end at 3 p.m.

Youth will be closely supervised at each station by experienced volunteer instructors, and all equipment will be supplied. Hunter Education certification is not required, but youth must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for the event can be completed onsite the day of the event. A free lunch will be provided by Eagle Communications and the Hays Chapter of Pheasants Forever. Youth will also have chances to win prizes, including guns, fishing tackle and other outdoor equipment.

For more information, contact Kent Hensley at (785) 726-3212 or Troy Mattheyer at (785) 726-4212.

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