GRAND ISLAND, NEB. – The announcement was made this week that Grand Island will host the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational through 2020. Dates for the event have been extended four more years beyond the previous agreement. This event has been held in Grand Island in 2008, 2009 and 2012-2014.
Last year, this growing event drew 750 participants and coaches along with their families from 34 states across the country. University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension 4-H, Fonner Park, Heartland Events Center and the Heartland Public Shooting Park have all come together as local partners to host this national event. Participants compete in one of nine discipline areas including small bore rifle, small bore pistol, muzzleloading, shotgun, air pistol, air rifle, hunting skills, recurve archery and compound archery.
“This will be a great opportunity for the Grand Island community to partner with 4-H in helping to continue to grow this national event in scope. It has been an outstanding relationship in working with members of the Grand Island community to host the National Invitational,” said Steve Pritchard, UNL Extension Educator and Match Director for the Invitational.
Brad Mellema, Executive Director of the Grand Island Convention and Visitors Bureau stated, “This event is a significant economic boost to Grand Island’s hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions. For many families, this five-day event is also their vacation. You could not ask for a finer group of young people to visit our community.”
For more information, visit http://4h.unl.edu/ntlshootingsportsinvitational or call the visitors bureau at 308-382-4400.
As the official destination marketing organization for Hall County, Nebraska, the Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau works to grow the tourism economy and identify Grand Island as a destination.