4-H Shooting Sports National Championships are June 25-30

4-H Shooting Sports National Championships are June 25-30

Spectators gather to watch participants in the 2015 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships at Heartland Public Shooting Park near Alda. The 2017 event is June 25-30 at the shooting park and the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.
Spectators gather to watch participants in the 2015 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships at Heartland Public Shooting Park near Alda. The 2017 event is June 25-30 at the shooting park and the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.

Nebraska 4-H will host the 2017 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships June 25-30 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park near Alda and the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.

More than 700 4-H youth, ages 14-18 and from 36 states, will compete in nine disciplines.

"This is the major competition in the country for 4-H shooting sports youth," said Steve Pritchard, Nebraska Extension educator and coordinator of Nebraska's 4-H shooting sports program.

Fifty-four national 4-H champions, both individual and team, will be named during the competition.    

The 27 events include compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading and hunting skills.

States can send up to nine teams to compete, with a maximum of 36 youth representing each state. The competitors, coaches and their families add up to more than 2,000 people attending the event, a boon to the economy of Grand Island and the state.

More than 125 volunteers from Nebraska and other states help organize and conduct the events.

"It's like a family reunion when all these volunteers return to Grand Island for the national championships," Pritchard said. "They really look forward to visiting and seeing their shooting friends in Grand Island. Many of them have assisted several years to help out with the various events being conducted at nationals."

The free event is open to the public. For more information, click here.