Women#039;s outdoors event returns to area

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2006

An event offering women from across the area an adventurous, educational and fun-filled day is returning for its second year.

&uot;Women in the Outdoors&uot; returns to Butler County on Saturday, Oct.21 at Johnson Farms, located on South Franklin Road just off Hwy 106.

Sponsored by the County Line Women in the Outdoors of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the event gives women from all walks of life the chance to experience the thrill of outdoor activities.

A number of classes, including archery, shotgun, self-defense, pistol, rifle, deer hunting, turkey hunting, outdoor crafts, and much more will be taught by Greenville residents and those with family ties to the area.

The premiere event last year proved a great success, organizers said.

&uot;We were certainly thrilled our first event was chosen &uot;Best 1st Time Event&uot; at the 2006 Annual Wild Turkey Federation Banquet held in Selma this August,&uot; co-organizer April Smith said.

&uot;We are looking forward to an even more exciting year this time around!&uot;

Some new classes added to this year’s roster include Golf 101, ATV Training and a Wild Game Cooking Class.

&uot;This will be a ‘teach and taste’ class where the participants will learn how to take the ‘wild taste’ out of all types of wild game from doves to buffalo. Several dishes will be prepared in advance for them to taste,&uot; Smith said.

One special lady will be returning to show off her swimming technique and duck hunting skills.

&uot;Maggie, a beautiful black Labrador who lives with her parents, Michael and Wendy Smith, will be back with us at lunchtime for a special demonstration at the pond, so don’t miss that,&uot; Smith said.

Registration for the event includes breakfast, lunch, use of equipment, training supplies, a years’ membership to Women in the Outdoors and two free gifts for all participants registered by Saturday, Oct. 7. Final registration after Oct. 7 is $50.

Participants will even get the chance to participate in another competitive sport – shopping.

&uot;We’ll be giving away some wonderful door prizes that day and there will also be some great things available in our silent auction. Some bring some extra cash!&uot; Smith said.

The Women in the Outdoors program’s mission is to provide hands-on, educational outdoor opportunities for women.

&uot;This event has a real hometown, small town feeling that I love. It’s a great day to get out in the country, hang out with some great ladies and make some new friends,&uot; Smith said.

For more information, contact April Smith at 383-9406 or Barbara Philpot at 382-2925.