Pictured (L to R) are Don Smith, chairman; Brett Anderson, Kosciusko County Shrine Club president; Curt Ebersole, owner, Two Bear Arms; and John Sadler, co-chairman. Photo Provided
Pictured (L to R) are Don Smith, chairman; Brett Anderson, Kosciusko County Shrine Club president; Curt Ebersole, owner, Two Bear Arms; and John Sadler, co-chairman. Photo Provided
ETNA GREEN – The Annual Shrine Turkey Shoot will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12-13 at Beeson’s Gun Range, 8994 W. CR 25S, Etna Green (just off Crystal Lake Road).

Over the years, thousands of local sportsmen and their families have supported the Kosciusko County Shrine Club in raising thousands of dollars to support multiple missions for Kosciusko County, according to a news release.

The annual shoot is held to support the Kosciusko County Shrine Club. The Kosciusko County Shrine Club, celebrating over 80 years, is best known for the annual trip for third-graders to the “Shrine Circus.” Over 65,000 students, since 1957, have been taken, free of charge, to the circus.

The club also supports many other local and national philanthropic organizations and firmly realizes “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child,” the release states.

In 2018, a direct contribution to the Shrine Children’s Hospital totaled over $10,000 plus hundreds of toys for Christmas. On average, the county has over 125 patients treated by the Shrine Hospitals, regardless of the ability to pay.

The Turkey Shoot is a way for the community to support the local Kosciusko County Shrine Club and its philanthropic mission. The public is welcome. Bring the family for food, fellowship and fun to support the club.

Shoot a paper target, bring your own gun or one can be provided. Shells are provided. Shoot for Maple Leaf Farms duck and Serenade Food products, Walmart turkeys, pork packages, cash or other prizes.

Children, age 14 and under, shoot a .410 to win a Youth .410 shotgun donated by Two Bear Arms of Etna Green (winner determined Sunday). A raffle for a Marlin 1894 lever action, stainless steel .44 mag rifle is available.

Participants may come for a shoot or a sportsmen’s silent auction.

Local merchants sponsoring the event are Ace Hardware of Mentone, Akron Concrete Products, Albertson’s Sports, Alderfer-Bergen and Co., American Legion Post 49, American Table, Arby’s on Ind. 15N, Auto Zone, Bart’s Watersports, Batesville/Hillenbrand Industries, Bill Turner, Board & Brush, Boathouse Restaurant, Bonnie Kellem, Bower’s Jewelry, Chubbie’s Pub and Grub, Clearwater Car Wash, Culligan of Warsaw, Culver’s, Derry Electric, Detroit Street Pizza Hut, Don & Bernice Smith, Five Star Distributing/Jay Solloway, Fred and Vicki Ross, Fred Vining and family, Grossnickle Eye Center, Hacienda, Hall-Marose Silveus, Henry Firearms, Hoffman Body Shop, Hoffman Brothers/Schrader’s Automotive, JB’s Furniture, Jellystone Campground, Jim Jarrett, Lakeside Chevrolet, Lakeview Liquors – Silver Lake, Latte Lounge and Cave on the Square, Leesburg Liquors, Lewis Salvage, Maple Avenue Florist, Maple Leaf Farms, Martin’s Supermarket, McAllister’s, McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Meijer’s, Metzger Auctions, Miatto’s Main Street Bar & Grill, Midwest Spring, Milt Holmgrain, Miner/Lemon Law Offices, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Monteith Tire Warsaw, Mutual Bank Ind. 15N, NAPA of Milford, Patona Bay, Penguin Point, Ranger Material, Reinholt’s Town Square Furniture, Rex’s Rendezvous, Richard’s Restaurant, Rise & Roll, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Sue Sherman, Sleepy Owl Restaurant, Someplace Else Saloon, Stacy Sylvester, Stacy’s Restaurant, Starbuck’s, Tactical Walls, Texas Roadhouse, The Bowling Alley, The Tire Barn, Tractor Supply, Two Bear Arms, WalMart of Warsaw, Warsaw Fire Dept./Chief Mike Wilson, Wings, Etc., Wyndam Gardens, You The Fan/IDNA.

In addition, local media services including WRSW, ESPN, Willie 103, the Times-Union, Ink Free News and The Paper “deserve our thanks for covering the event,” the release states.

A special appearance by Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County, with its four-legged friends, will be seen with sporting dogs seeking their “furever home.”

Donations for the silent auction are still being accepted and may be made by calling 574-527-5351.