Kolar Mid-America Skeet Shoot

Another eventful week has passed, which means I attended another wonderful event in DeKalb County! This weekend, it was the 12th Annual Kolar Mid-America Skeet Shoot! I headed out to the St. Joe Valley Conservation Club, in St. Joe, Indiana, on Friday, May 22nd to see the competition.

The Clubhouse at St. Joe

The Clubhouse at St. Joe

Skeet shooting has been around since the 1920s and involves shooting two clay pigeons that are launched in paths that intersect in front of the shooter. The Kolar Mid-America Open is strictly skeet, and there were 210 shooters from 24 different states and Canada. The competitors also ranged in age from 11 to 80 years old!

I had the opportunity to talk with one of the shooters, Victoria Stellato, from North Carolina. She has been skeet shooting for 3 ½ years and it all began when she joined the trap team in public school. Now, almost four years later, she is a four-time world champion!

Though this was the first time Stellato has attended the Kolar Mid-America, she said she will attended 23 different skeet shoots this year. Next weekend, she is going to the Tildon Downing Challenge in North Carolina.

Its no surprise that over 200 people attended this shoot, as the St. Joe Conservation Club is considered one of the top facilities in the nation. Denny Meinert, treasurer of the club, said they normally have waiting lists for tournaments!

You might be wondering: What makes the St. Joe shooting facility special compared to other ones around the U.S.? Meinert said it mainly has to do with three things: tossers, target, and background. At St. Joe, the tossers (the machines that ‘toss’ the clay pigeons), and the target (the clay pigeon) are accurate and well-liked by the shooters. The background is open and free of any close trees, which helps lessen distractions.

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Not only is the St. Joe Valley Conservation Club one of the nicest and best looking, it is also one of the largest shooting facilities in the U.S. The club sits on 150 acres of land and just added a new pavilion with a donation they recieved. There are also 12 skeet fields, 9 trap fields, and a large clubhouse.

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The club is also open to the public every Wednesday 10am-7pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm during the summer. The next scheduled tournament is the PocoLoco 400 on June 27th and 28th. Go to the St. Joe Valley Conservation Club website for more details of upcoming events here!

Head to the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau website for more information on the happenings around DeKalb County here!

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