Moellendorf, Smith, earn centerfire, rimfire wins
Donny Moellendorf earned a toss in the air at the 121st Annual Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest with a score of 98 and centerfire Schuetzenkoenig (“Shooting King”) honors.
Moellendorf is a member of the Hubertus Shooting Club.
The two-day competition was Saturday and Sunday.
Last year, Jamie Worrell won centerfire king honors during the 120th Schuetzenfest.
Darryl Smith, a member of the Grapetown Shooting Club, won the rimfire shooting competition with a 91 score.
Leah Ottmers earned the female high shooter award with a 92.
As the new king, Moellendorf was hoisted into the air as the shooters sang “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High”).
The Grapetown Shooting Club was both the rimfire team champion (257 total score) and the centerfire team competition (553).
At the event’s conclusion, organizers recognized 86-year-old F.C. Lochte as the oldest competitor.
Ethan Marschall, 11, was recognized as the youngest shooter.
The family of Dayton P. Crenwelge received recognition as he was the posthumous induction into the Schuetzenfest Deceased Hall of Fame.
Dennis R. (Bear) Crenwelge received the Gary Frantzen Award for highest combined score for centerfire in the three shooting events of the season.
Marianna Behrends won the Charles Feller Award for the highest scores for rimfire for the three shooting events: Benefit Fest, Vor Fest and Bundes Fest (Schuetzenfest).
Walton Heimann was inducted into the Schuetzenfest Living Hall of Fame.
The Barons Creek Shooting Club hosted this year’s Schuetzenfest, at the Bear Creek Sporting Range.
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, shooting ranges are also located at Grapetown and Tivydale.
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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