M. Kate West
The days are counting down to the proposed Lake Almanor Sports Complex shooting exhibition and as time is passing, excitement is building within the community.
The “Come Play in the Pines” exhibition is the first of its kind in Chester and features a host of Nevada and California award winning shooters who will demonstrate their skills in a variety of styles with a variety of weapons.
Understanding that gun safety and education are among the primary goals of the LASC, Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall has personally contracted with Plumas Transit to ensure all guests arrive and depart free of charge and safely from the shooting venue.
To accommodate the many expected guests, the Plumas Transit shuttle bus will be running at approximately 15-minute intervals from the parking area just off Stover Road, at the intersection of Highways 89 and 36. The bus will make its first run to the complex at 8:30 a.m.
“We are very excited to bring an event of this magnitude to the community of Chester. It will be an action packed day that should provide great entertainment,” Thrall said.
“Come Play in the Pines” has three components; a morning and afternoon exhibition and then at 6 p.m., there will be a dinner at the Almanor Recreation Center followed with a skijor equipment demonstration and the opportunity for guests to try their hand at disc golf.
“Among the many exhibitions at the complex, there will be the ‘Match of the Centuries’, the 19th versus the 21st Century.
“In this particular competition folks in 19th century costume will be firing guns appropriate to the 19th Century while the modern shooters will wear tactical gear. They will compete in a three-gun match going head-to-head with their shooting styles,” she said.
A fun evening ahead
The event dinner will be prepared and served by the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626. They will also provide a “no host” bar to the guests.
The menu will echo the outdoor theme as hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst are grilled to perfection. Completing the picnic-flavored menu will be salad, potato chips and beans.
The cost for the meal is $8 and tickets are available at Pizza at the Branch, The Coffee Station, David Price Jewelers, the Country Store in Canyon Dam and at B&B Books.
“Everyone is invited to attend the evening event even if they do not wish to partake of the barbecue. There will be appetizers and desserts available at no cost to guests,” Thrall said.
The Almanor Recreation Center is located at 450 Meadowbrook Loop in Chester, just down the street from the Chester Park.
A complex for all seasons
While the Sept. 28 focus is a shooting exhibition, the vision for the sports complex includes a variety of sporting activities occurring throughout the year.
“In the summer season the complex will provide range sports such as clays, pistol and rifle as well as archery and disc golf,” Jeff Greening said.
He also said the location would provide the opportunity for the winter activities of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skijor, biathlon and Nordic style disc golf.
Why community support is important
“As a community project, a showing of support at this event is paramount! Without sufficient interest by the community, the project will be sidelined, perhaps for another day.
“The sports complex offers something for everyone living in or visiting the area, youth and adults, if for nothing more than a picnic.
“Support of the complex is key to supporting our Lake Almanor communities. By doing so we increase our ability to attract and host regional events that will offer tremendous opportunity to our local economy!” Greening said.
In talking about the different ways in which members of the community can support the proposed complex, Thrall said, “Right now our most critical need is volunteers to help with the exhibition in the areas of crowd control, parking and levy patrol on ATVs. It is important that we maintain a safe perimeter around the shooting exhibition and make sure the guests have a great experience,”
Thrall said individuals who would like to offer their time are welcome to volunteer for the morning or afternoon exhibition or both.
“If you would like to help, your call would be most welcome,” she added.
Thrall can be reached at (530) 258-3656.
As for other ways in which the community can help make the complex a reality, Thrall said, “Donations would most surely help too. If people go to the website there is a Pay Pal button they can use to donate. There is also a “contact us” page they can use to volunteer.”
The LASC website also contains information about the many types of potential sports venues possible at the complex. That information is at: lakealmanorsportscomplex.com.
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