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Second Annual Cultural Clays Tournament to be October 12
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Women are encouraged to participate in the CulturalClays fund raising event Oct. 12 to benefit the Averitt Center for the Arts. The event is open to anyone interested regardless of marksmanship skills. The sporting clays tournament, held at Scarborough Bluff, has already lured several women to practice t heir marksmanship skills in anticipation of the event. Shown, from left, standing, are Dr. Lisa Rogers, Nancy Bias, Gail Ansley, Mouse Blankenbaker; kneeling, from left, are Delia Mobley, Jennifer Bohlke and Susan McGlamery. - photo by Special
    Dust off your boots, grab your gun and sharpen your aim - it’s almost time for  the Second Annual Cultural Clays Tournament.
    Beautiful Scarborough Bluff will again be the setting for the fund raiser to benefit the Averitt Center for the Arts, said Delia Mobley, who is involved with organizing the Oct. 12 event.  
    "Last year’s tournament was such a huge success and attracted the attention of women who enjoy the sport," she said.  "This year there are numerous women’s teams signed up."
    A team consists of  four members, and the entry fee for a team is $400.
    Connie Averitt, a Cultural Clays participant,  said she recalls the fun times she had with her dad shooting skeet and is looking forward to the tournament.  After seeing the fun everyone had last year, a number of females decided to form a team, and have been practicing several months, Mobley said.
     The"Dead-Eye Divas" are a team made up of Mobley, Mouse Blankenbaker, Nancy Bias and Susan McGlamery. The team started getting together on Saturday mornings at the McGlamery farm for the fun of it and decided to purchase their own guns and clay thrower.
    “It’s been so much fun getting ready for this event," Mobley said. "This is a sport that I can enjoy with my friends as well as with my husband.”
    The women are quick to point out they do not participate in shooting wildlife and are satisfied with shooting at sporting clays.  
    The event consists of a sporting clays course with seven stations nestled amid a wooded setting. Two boxes of shells are recommended to complete the course.
    Registration for the days events is 7:30 a.m., and there will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
    Breakfast and lunch will be served at the site of the tournament. Lunch is being provided by Chik-fil-A.
     At 6:30 p.m., participants for the event will be treated to "cultural cocktails" and a fish fry at the Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center.  The menu will consist of fried tilapia, chicken breast fingers, catfish Charleston, hush puppies, new potato and roasted corn salad, three bean salad, Key West cole slaw, a salad station, a gourmet grits station and chocolate banana pudding.
     The evening’s events will feature the Brian Clees band, a raffle, an art exhibit and an award’s ceremony.  Non participants in the shoot may purchase tickets to this event for $50 per person.  Spouses of participants may purchase tickets to the evening's events for $40.
    Prizes will be awarded to the first place team and highest scoring individual, but "the event is designed to be friendly and non-competitive. It is open to both harp shooters and amateurs alike," Mobley said.
     The event is sponsored by Howard Lumber Company.
    For more information on how join the fun and to support the Averitt Center, please contact event chair, Delia Mobley at (912) 682 -3383 or Britney at the Averitt Center at (912) 212 - ARTS(2787).
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