Regardless of your shooting sports skill level, they have an Apple Blossom Festival-sanctioned event for you.
The Annapolis Valley Shooting Sports Club (AVSSC), located at 377 White Rock Road in Canaan, is hosting the AVSSC Apple Blossom Shoot on June 2 at 10 a.m.
This shotgun competition combines skeet, trap and sporting clays. There is no charge for spectators but there is a competition fee to be announced.
The club is hosting its annual Family Day on June 8 at 10 a.m. AVSSC president John Robinson said he and the other club members who help out with public events enjoy introducing newcomers to their often-misunderstood sport. It can be an individual pursuit or a family activity enjoyed by young and old alike.
“It is wonderful to see two and even three generations of guests wandering about all talking, laughing and having a good and safe time experiencing the shooting sports,” Robinson said.
With Family Day being a sanctioned Apple Blossom Festival event, he said they are able to reach more people who may want to try shooting sports or just learn more about them.
Family Day is the club’s biggest single-day event, drawing between 275 and 300 participants in the past, many from outside the Annapolis Valley region. The purpose is to give people a chance to try shooting sports in a safe, controlled environment.
The AVSSC promotes safety at all times. Robinson said safety is and must be the top priority whenever anyone – from first-time shooters to seasoned veterans – handle any shooting equipment.
At Family Day, members provide instruction in safety and shooting and all the necessary shooting equipment. Only firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows provided by the AVSSC will be allowed on club property for Family Day.
Firearms licences are not required for this event. Participants with access to eye and ear protection are asked to bring these items along as the club has limited supplies.
The club strives to keep the cost of shooting as low as possible so that families can spend the day at the range without breaking the bank. Tickets are $1 each but some shooting stations require more than one ticket.
There will be a canteen and barbecue on site featuring fresh local products so that participants can enjoy a conversation about their shooting experience over a meal.
Those taking part in the Team Challenge must be ready by 3:30 p.m. with the event getting underway at 4 p.m. The challenge involves five-member teams, each with at least one member of the opposite sex. The winning team gets its name on the Team Challenge Trophy, which is displayed at the club, and each member receives a plaque to take home.