How to help
Anyone who was unable to attend Sunday’s Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot but still would like to contribute can call Deb Schaffer at 970-846-0709 or make a donation to the Lorna Farrow Memorial Scholarship Fund at Mountain Valley Bank.
Steamboat Springs It took 12-year-old Lilli Turton a moment before she found the mark.
After a few missed shots, the Christian Heritage School student used a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol to knock down five consecutive Diet Pepsi cans perched atop stands of various heights about 50 feet away on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
“It was awesome,” Lilli said. “I really haven’t shot any cans or even really shot any targets that well before. I didn’t think I’d do that well. It was so much fun.”
Lilli was one of nearly 120 participants in the second annual Lorna Farrow Memorial Fun Shoot, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Routt County Rifle Club off U.S. Highway 40. The event doubled its turnout from a year ago.
The Fun Shoot is named in honor of Farrow, who for about 20 years was active in shooting sports — competing and promoting participation among women and youths — before she died last summer.
Participants were charged $30 each, but a family discount dropped the price to $15 for the second family member and $10 for the third. The fee covered the cost of a T-shirt, use of firearms and ammunition. There also was a silent auction with about 90 donated items.
Deb Schaffer, one of the event’s organizers, said the money raised would benefit the Bust of Steamboat cancer awareness fundraiser, along with women’s and youth shooting sports.
She said $1,000 of the proceeds from last year’s event was donated to the Bust of Steamboat. Schaffer said $200 each helped two Steamboat Springs 4-H participants get to the state competition during the Labor Day weekend in Pueblo. And she hopes to donate another $800 to help pay for 4-H participants from Craig who will be competing at nationals early next year.
“We’re accomplishing a good thing in Lorna’s name,” Schaffer said. “I think she would approve.”
Participants first were given a short firearms safety presentation before getting to cycle through eight stations. The stations included a .22-caliber rifle, black powder rifle, a caliber competition featuring a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and revolver, shotgun, archery, air pistol, .22-caliber pistol and .40-caliber steel handgun.
Steamboat resident Todd Millard attended the Fun Shoot last year with his 12-year-old daughter, McKenzie. This year, he said, he decided to bring his wife, Denise Clark, 15-year-old son Keegan, and McKenzie’s friend, 12-year-old Lyta Foulke.
“We had so much fun last year, so we thought we’d bring everybody,” Millard said. “It’s the first time my wife, son and Lyta have shot. It’s just a great opportunity to shoot a wide variety of things. It’s an amazing opportunity and everybody out here is wonderful.”
James Austin brought 12 day and boarding students from The Lowell Whiteman School. The first year Spanish teacher, who has taught students how to shoot at a previous job in Maine, said she hopes to start a gun club at the school.
“I think it’s one of the most important things they can learn how to do, to see a gun as a tool and something they’re comfortable with, and not something they’ve seen in the movies,” Austin said. “I’m so pleased this event is going on.”
Whiteman sophomore Annie Ochs said a couple of friends jokingly called her Annie Oakley after she hit a target in the black powder rifle station on her first attempt.
Even U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a San Luis Valley Democrat who represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, made it to the event.
He was endorsed there by the Bull Moose Sportsmen Alliance.
Gary Farrow said he was pleased with the turnout, especially the number of youths who attended. He said if Lorna Farrow had been there, she would have thought the event was cool.
Lilli said Sunday wasn’t her first time shooting a gun. She has shot a “little bit” in the past. And like Farrow, shooting may have become a passion for Lilli, too.
“I might take it up as a hobby,” she said, “though first I’ve got to get myself a gun.”