June 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm #1702
HOME GROUNDS UPDATE – June 11-12, 2016
During the past week, Dwight Paulin and Don Chrapla began pressure washing trap roofs. Jerry Kaszynski followed them applying stain. They got 5 done and will return this week to tackle some more. Jerry also got about 15 picnic table tops stained. THANKS, GUYS!
On Saturday, June 11th, the WTA hosted the Wisconsin State High School Scholastic Clay Target League Championship. 567 youths participated in the 100 target singles event. Many of them had fun trying bunker shooting following their trap event. Tent shelters lined the cart path from end to end and additional gun racks were moved to shelters. There were 8 vendors, and by one estimate, there were 3000 people attending the 10:00 a.m. opening ceremony. This event has grown from 55 youths 2 years ago to 250 last year, and it is anticipated to accelerate in the number of schools participating. Jim Kroplien and his son Josh, Jerry & Karen Kaszynski opened trap houses and got the trap line ready. Amy Jenkins, Tate & friends prepared scoring benches, sold practice tickets, and helped out wherever they could. While coaches scored, they also assisted Nekoosa students with loading traps. Karen also sold many WTA raffle tickets. There were 20 campers in the campground with others parked along vendor row.
There is usually a list of tasks so if someone arrives to help out, there are many things to do.
We want to thank everyone who helped Fritz this week with this big event. Now we are beginning to find out all the things that Denny managed to do on his own! Get well soon, Denny!June 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm #1703June 14, 2016 at 6:55 pm #1705June 14, 2016 at 7:48 pm #1707Amy JenkinsModerator
There were a total of 10 vendors – Blue Loon Concessions, Fine Design, Scheels, National Wild Turkey Federation, Southwest Technical College, Shamrock Leathers, Jager Outdoors, Fox River Shooting Sports, Great American Ribs, Recob’s Target Shop.
I met with Shelly Hill from Clay Target League on Friday afternoon and got the game plan ready for Saturday. We unloaded all the trophies and t-shirts and set up the registration tables. The scoring tables and TV monitor for live feed scoring were also set up. Some vendors arrived and set up….BEFORE the storm hit. The wind and rain came really fast and even blew the trailer across the parking lot into the ditch!! Pretty crazy!
Saturday morning, the vendors started arriving shortly after 6am. Troy Weathers, State Director for the Clay Target League arrived and we went through the plan for the day.
Troy and Shelly were nothing but complimentary about how organized things were this year. They appreciated everything that we did for them and were very happy and looking forward to next year already.
Thanks to everyone for their help: Jerry Farnsworth, Jim and Josh Kroeplien, Jerry and Karen Kaszynski, Jon Greeno, Luke Davis, Jeff and Karen Recob, and last, but definitely not least, FRITZ THISTLE!!!!!! Fritz is doing and awesome job! I apologize if I missed anyone that helped out, but it was a crazy, busy day, but a lot of FUN!
Anyone that is available Saturday, June 18th, please attend the meeting and we plan to load targets into all of the trap houses after the meeting in preparation for the SCTP shoot on June 25 and 26. Also, we will need all the help we can get for the SCTP shoot, so let me know who can be there to help out.June 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm #1708Don MittagParticipant
In the past and with the WTA State shoot vendors are charged for setting up. Were these vendors charged by the WTA? If not why not? All camping should be charged regular camping rates per the Homegrounds Web site. What were the campers being charged? The Volunteers I understand should not be charged if they are camping. But I have noticed that there seems to be some very high discounts given when it comes to shoots like this. In this time when the WTA needs income I don’t see a reason to give discounts to campers just because they are here for a youth shoot. Sorry but with the ware and tear on the grounds and electricity cost and so on we need to start getting some income from the campers. If they are in the campgrounds or on vendor row it doesn’t matter. If they are full hookup they should be charged the same. $40 weekdays and $45 weekends.June 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm #1709
On Tuesday the 14th, a small group of dedicated Wisconsin trapshooters spent the day at the homegrounds pressure washing traphouses. Don Chrapla, Dwight Paulin(he did 18 himself), Reed Crump and Chops with grandson Riley cleaned the remaining 25 trap houses. No small task considering tanks had to be filled and hoses run a long distance for water. A big “thank you” to this group for effort above and beyond.June 15, 2016 at 10:57 pm #1726Perry HintzParticipant
My son has set up his Fox River Shooting Sports booth on two occasions at the Homegrounds so far this year, he has paid for the vendor space both times.
$40.00 to WTA for the Kettle Moraine HS Conference Shoot and $200 to the WI State High School Clay Target League. How much they passed on to the WTA… I do not know.
I have told the vendors for the WI SCTP State Championship on June 25th that they will be charged $40.00 by the WTA for one day vendor space, the WI SCTP does not wish to profit from the vendors, they are there for the athletes and families to add to the experience. (The $40 per day came from Fritz who had checked with board members.)
June 16, 2016 at 8:36 am #1728Don MittagParticipant
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So it looks like the Wi State High School Clay Target league is doing well for itself. I will bet they don’t give more than 40% of that $200.
The $40 for one day seems fair if only for a minimal set up. (not a camper)
I am not trying to be a hard ass here but the WTA needs to start looking at this as a business. It can’t keep loosing money or next year all of the youth and adult shooting organizations will be looking for a place to shoot because the Homegrounds will be gone.June 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm #1739Perry HintzParticipant
Yes, it is $40 for a 10 x 10 space. Camping is additional. I feel that is fair for both WTA and vendor. Vendors also have a habit of donating products or services to the events they attend.
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