Shooting event to honor Lorna Lou Farrow

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What: Lorna Lou Farrow Memorial Scholarship Fun Shoot

When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Routt County Rifle Club

— Deb Schaffer will never forget Lorna Farrow's passion for shooting.

Schaffer credits Farrow for igniting her love of the sport, and she says Farrow will be greatly missed in Steamboat Springs' shooting community.

To honor her, Schaffer and Fran Reinier have organized the Lorna Lou Farrow Memorial Scholarship Fun Shoot, scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Routt County Rifle Club.

"She got a lot of women into the sport," Schaffer said. "We are hoping to make this an annual event, and she would be happy that it was bringing more women into shooting."

Farrow died July 28 after she was struck by a dump truck while checking her mailbox on U.S. Highway 40 just outside Farrow Repair Service - the repair shop she co-owned.

Schaffer says she lost a good friend that day, and she wants to make sure Farrow's love and passion for shooting lives on.

"I don't want her passion to die," Schaffer said. "We just felt like we needed to do something to keep things rolling."

Sunday's shoot is open to everyone and is intended to be an introduction to several different types of shooting and archery. The money raised from the event will be used to continue to support Lorna's passions, including women's shooting sports, 4-H shooting programs and Bust of Steamboat, which supports the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

"I know this is the type of event that Lorna would have supported," Lorna's husband, Gary, said.

He added that organizers have done a good job reflecting Lorna's passions.

"It's a good thing that they're doing. I might be there if I have the guts, but I might not be able to do it," he said.

The $30 entry fee includes a T-shirt, lunch and use of firearms and ammo. Discounts are available for families.

It's a hands-on instruction day intended to introduce the sport of shooting to people who have never tried it, or people who have been too intimidated to give the sport a try.

Qualified instructors will be on hand to teach the proper use of firearms. Participants will have a chance to take part in a number of target games on the rifle range, the pistol range and the shotgun range. Schaffer said the indoor range is also available for participants to shoot air rifles and air pistols. T.J. Thrasher, from Wapiti Bowmen, will help those who want to try archery.

Participants will get a punch card for completing each station, which will be used for a prize drawing at the end of the event.

"We are really looking for women and first-time shooters," Schaffer said. "We will not turn away experienced shooters, but we are discouraging people from bringing their own firearms. We will provide them with everything they need."

There will also be a silent auction, and Schaffer said she's already received several great items.

- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboat pilot.com

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