Top marksmen gather for annual Schuetzenfest

Sharpshooters from throughout Gillespie County will gather Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, for the 119th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest, to be held at the Texas Hills Sporting Range and sponsored by the Tivydale Shooting Club.

Shooters can sign up for the event Monday through Wednesday, July 28-30, 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 Tivydale, the group’s shooting ranges are located at Bear Creek and Grapetown.

The Schuetzenfest is the second-oldest community event in the county (bested only by the Gillespie County Fair) and attracts marksmen from all over with their long-barreled rimfire and centerfire rifles.

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