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Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot upholds advocate’s legacy

— More than two years after her death, Lorna Farrow's passion for youth and women's shooting sports continues.

Attendance doubled at the second Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot last year when about 120 people attended the event. Deb Schaffer, one of its organizers, expects that growth to continue Sunday at the Routt County Rifle Club during the third annual fundraiser.

She said it's what Farrow would have wanted.

"She was a very strong advocate, encouraging both women and kids to learn how to shoot and shoot safely," Schaffer said. "It's not just big scary things that can go, 'Bang!' She got a lot of women and children involved in shooting sports, and we enjoy them. To show her gratitude, we just want to continue her legacy."

The fundraiser runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the cost is $30 for the first shooter, $15 for the second and $10 for each additional shooter in the same family. Fun Shoot proceeds go to women's and 4-H shooting sports and Bust of Steamboat, an annual fundraiser that benefits the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

All participants are required to hear a safety presentation before being allowed to receive instruction at eight firearm stations. They include .22-caliber rifle, black powder rifle, shotgun, archery, air pistol/rifle, .22-caliber pistol and 9 mm pistol stations as well as a caliber comparison.

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Schaffer said organizers received some help this year from Babes with Bullets to promote the Fun Shoot. She said the national organization, which provides firearm instruction for women during camps across the country, helped Fun Shoot organizers create a website and a video.

Schaffer said that after Farrow learned to shoot for personal protection, she began competing and, later, teaching women and youths.

"Every chance she got, she wanted to present shooting and gun ownership as something that isn't just criminal activity," Schaffer said. "It's a sport. It can be competitive. And it requires a good level of safety consciousness. She didn't want it to be like TV, where everybody has a gun and fires them into space. She wanted people to be responsible with gun ownership."

For more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.lornafarrow.com.

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