More than 1.5 million reasons to check out the PA state trapshoot
For the next week, Knoebels Amusement Resort won’t be the only major attraction near the small town of Elysburg offering free parking, free admission and entertainment for all ages.
And while the annual Pennsylvania State Trap Shoot may not offer roller coasters, log flumes and cotton candy, it does provide quite a bang — more than 1.5 million of them according to the event’s publicity coordinator, Tom Austin.
“It may sound like an exaggeration, but I did the numbers. It is not,” he said. “We’ll have more than 2,000 shooters and they’ll take more than 1.5 million shots during the competitions this week — and that doesn’t even include all their practice rounds.”
The sheer numbers have kept the Pennsylvania state shoot one of the biggest in the country — in fact it ranked second last year to Ohio’s state shoot by less than 100 shooters.
One of the biggest draws, according to Austin, is the wide range of people who participate.
“Probably the most impressive thing is that this is a sport for all ages,” he said. “On any given day, you’ll have teenage shooters and those in their upper-80s. We have women shooters and chair shooters (those that compete from wheelchairs). The amazing thing is the diversity of the people who are shooting.”
Spectators are welcome, and will get to see some of the best shooters in the world throughout the week. There is also a full vendor section offering everything from shooting components to jewelry.
And, if nothing else, people will want to check out the trap gun on display from Allem’s Gun Craft.
“A sponsor of the Krieghoff Challenge is Allem’s,” said Austin. “They have a shotgun at the shoot that is drawing a lot of attention. It’s pricetag is $80,000.”
For more on the shoot, visit pssatrap.org.