DOBSON — An event which will include shooting, archery and other outdoor classes for women is scheduled for this weekend.
The event, dubbed Racks and Rhinestones, is set to kick off on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Fisher River Park.
Racks and Rhinestones will include instruction segments such as a crossbow class, deer hunting 101, fly-fishing 101, kayaking, muzzle-loading 101, a pistol showdown, a rifle and advanced rifle course and an archery course. There also will be a fishing derby, silent auction, door prizes and crafts.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Tri-County Women in the Outdoors, which is a subsidiary organization of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).
The NWTF’s mission is to preserve habitats for wildlife and promote hunting and outdoor sports. In 1973, there were only 1.5 million wild turkeys in the United States, according to the organizations website. Now there are more than seven million of the birds.
Registration for the event is $50 for adults and $25 for those ages 17 and younger and includes the instruction, use of all equipment and materials, lunch, a year’s membership to NWTF and a one-year subscription to Turkey Country magazine.
Women who are already NWTF members can take part in the event for only $15.
Lee Freeman serves as the president of the Tri-County Ridge Runners Chapter of the NWTF and has planned Saturday’s event. Freeman said this is the sixth or seventh year his organization has held the annual event, and Freeman described the event as a huge success in the past.
“The hottest growth in outdoor sports is among women,” exclaimed Freeman. “Women are hunting, fishing, shooting, hiking — anything you can imagine outdoors.”
Freeman described the event, which is open to females ages eight and up, as a “ladies day out.” “There’s something for every lady,” said Freeman. “Many women who don’t shoot or hunt come to enjoy the crafts and a nice day outside.”
Freeman said his organization traditionally holds five youth events, two events for women and three general sportsmen events per year. Freeman highlighted a handicapped hunting event which will be held on Nov. 14.
According to Freeman, Saturday will be a great day for women and young ladies to visit Fisher River Park.
“We are expecting beautiful weather,” concluded Freeman. “There will be something at the event for all women and girls.”
Freeman said ladies can register the day of the event, which begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.
For more information regarding the event, call 336-244-4616.
Andy Winemiller can be reached at 336-415-4698.