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Paulding chamber's 10th clay pigeon shoot Friday benefits STAR program
by Bill Baldowski
August 19, 2014 03:40 PM | 2474 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Jason Ragsdale and Art Ragsdale practice lining up their shot for the upcoming clay shoot.
From left, Jason Ragsdale and Art Ragsdale practice lining up their shot for the upcoming clay shoot.
For the 10th consecutive year, shots will ring out and “pigeons” will begin falling from the sky – clay pigeons – during a Paulding Chamber of Commerce fundraiser.

The Ragsdale Heating, Air and Plumbing Sporting Clay Shoot is set for Friday at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club in southeast Douglas County, with proceeds benefiting the Paulding County School System and the STAR Student program.

According to Art Ragsdale, owner of the event’s sponsoring business, more than 100 chamber members are expected to participate.

The clay shoot is a signature event of the chamber, said Kevin Kirby, chamber director of member services.

“This clay shooting tournament has become very popular with our members,” he said.

Although he did not reveal its financial goal, Kirby said it has always been one of the chamber’s top fund raising events.

He said the event has become a popular alternative to a golf tournament organizations often use to raise funds. It will test a shooter’s skill in hitting clay targets with a shotgun as the targets are catapulted in front of them.

“Each shooter will receive 100 shells and then, at designated times, the teams will visit each shooting station on the course which gives them a different perspective on the targets,” he said. “Scores will be kept on how many clay targets each shooter hits.”

The scores are then compiled and the top five shooters will be awarded plaques and other prizes.

“We have some pretty good marksmen in our chamber as we have had a number of members hit 90 or more clay pigeon targets with the 100 shells they were given,” Kirby said.

One of the chamber’s best shooters is the Hardy Automotive Group’s Charlie Fortner, who has taken part in each clay shooting tournament event since its inception in 2005.

Although he consistently shoots in the 90s, he has hit 98 targets with the 100 shells provided four times in tournament competition, he said.

Fortner said he enjoys the competition and skill needed to hit a moving target.

However, he said the friendship he has made during the tournaments are what he remembers most.

“This annual tournament brings together chamber members who are not only there competing against you but they are always willing to help you improve your score,” Fortner said.

He also has a unique way of describing the friendships that develop among the competitors.

“There are more people willing to help you during the tournament than if you were stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire and waving a $100 bill in front of you to get someone to help you,” he said.

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