GRAND ISLAND, NEB. – The National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee has announced that the University of Nebraska - Lincoln has agreed to extend its host role as the land-grant university for the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships an additional three years. The current agreement from 2014 - 2020 has been extended through 2023. The additional dates are as follows: June 20 - 25, 2021, June 26 - July 1, 2022 and June 25 - July 3, 2023.
National 4-H Shooting Sports Program Coordinator Conrad Arnold of Maryland said, “We are very pleased with the welcome and support we receive from Grand Island, Heartland Events Center and Heartland Public Shooting Park and look forward to more years of National 4-H Championships in Grand Island.”
More than 700 of the nation’s best shooters, along with their families, from more than thirty-five states come to Grand Island for this event. Shooters compete in twenty seven events that cover nine discipline areas including small bore rifle, small bore pistol, muzzleloading, shotgun, air pistol, air rifle, hunting skills, recurve archery and compound archery.
The event is a significant economic boost to Grand Island hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions. For many families, this five day event is also their vacation. Brad Mellema, Executive Director of the Grand Island Convention and Visitors Bureau stated, “The unique mix of facilities and partnership of Fonner Park and the Heartland Public Shooting park give this event the ability to host a large number of participants at multiple competitive shooting sites in close proximity. There are very few places in the United States that can provide that.” Mellema went on to say, the Heartland Public Shooting Park is one of the fastest growing attractions in our area and has potential to grow even more with the recent addition of the Olympic bunker trap.
For more information, visit https://4h.unl.edu/4hshootingsportsnationalchampionships or call the visitors bureau at 308-382-4400.