Hubertus shooting club to host annual Schuetzenfest

Sharpshooters from throughout Gillespie County will gather Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, for the 118th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest, hosted this year by the Hubertus Shooting Club at the Bear Creek range.

Shooters can sign up for the event Monday through Wednesday, July 29-31, at Stroeher and Olfers, Inc. Cost to sign up is $35.

When Fredericksburg was founded in the mid-1840s, inhabitants relied on sharpshooting skills to put food on their tables as well as to insure safety. And, while methods of providing sustenance and common welfare may have modernized over the years that followed, the commitment to expert marksmanship still lives on.

This 170-year-plus tradition is remembered with the scheduling of several events by six groups that make up the Gillespie County Schuetzenbund (Shooting Club). Those clubs are Bear Creek, Tivydale, Hubertus, Grapetown, Barons Creek and Scharfschuetzen. In addition to Bear Creek, the group’s shooting ranges are located at Grapetown and Tivydale.

The first event of the year was a benefit shoot held April 28 at Grapetown. The second shoot of the year, Vorfest, was held Sunday at Bear Creek. 

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