121st Schuetzenfest slated July 30-31 at Bear Creek
Shooters will aim to hit their marks at the 121st Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, at the Bear Creek Shooting Range and sponsored by the Bear Creek Shooting Club.
The range is at 2660 Center Point Road, off of State Highway 16 South.
The registration fee to participate is $35. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at Stroeher and Olfers, located at 509 South Adams Street.
Dwight Schmidt serves as this year’s president. Dennis Crenwelge is vice president, Carol Schmidt is the secretary and Brenda Miiller, treasurer.
Schuetzenfest begins with a parade at 9 a.m. on Saturday, where members of the shooting teams will march in with flags to the tunes of Oompah music.
A “Bund meeting” takes place at 10 a.m., following the parade. In this meeting, participants will review the rules of the Schuetzenfest and resolve any problems about the fest as well as recognize the people who have died in the past year.
The shooting competition begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday and continues until 6:30 p.m.
Shooting resumes on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon and continues from 1 p.m. until finished.
After the competition, another parade is held to honor the “Schuetzenkoenige” (shooting kings), who are the top shooters in the centerfire and rimfire competitions. The other shooters march in the parade, as well.
The “Schuetzenkoenige” will be hoisted in the air as “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High”) is played in their honor.
The top shooters in centerfire and rimfire will receive a rotating trophy that is passed down to the next “Schuetzenkoenig”, a permanent trophy kept by the winner and a medal.
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