LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Lamar County 4-H chapter will show off their 40-acre shooting sports complex Saturday to supporters who made the facility possible.
More than 100 families are involved in the county's 4-H program, and shooting sports coordinator Michael Dear said this complex is the only one of its kind in the state.
"We teach about nature, we teach the kids how to shoot," Dear explained. "We teach them everything they need to know about firearm safety.
Saturday's Open House will be geared toward the complex's stakeholders, which include the Lamar County Board of Supervisors, Bellco Building Supplies and Lowe's. The board provided the acreage for the facility, which used to be an abandoned gravel pit owned by the county, and the other groups provided building supplies for the six different shooting ranges.
"It will be a first time experience for a lot of kids," said District 3 Supervisor and Board President Joe Bounds. "I feel like it's not only just for this community, it's county wide."
Dear said students from Sumrall, Pearl River County and other areas join Lamar County students in the 4-H chapter, and he said he hoped the facility would be used for other chapters from across the state and region to meet.
The Open House will be Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dear said those interested in learning more about the facility and chapter are welcome, but only certified outdoorsmen are allowed to participate in activities on the ranges.