Two legendary exhibition shooters will headline next weekend's National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park.
Shotgun specialist Tom Knapp and longbow archer Byron Ferguson are scheduled to make appearances at the Sept. 22-23 event. Both have been featured on The Outdoor Channel's popular TV show, "Impossible Shots."
Knapp is best known for his ability to grab up to 10 clay targets at a time, toss them high into the air and shoot them all before they return to the ground. Ferguson is also renowned for being able to shoot airborne targets, some no larger than a nickel.
Knapp will make two appearances, one each afternoon of the two-day celebration. Ferguson will shoot four exhibitions - one each morning and one each afternoon. Knapp's shows are scheduled for 4-5 p.m. Saturday and 3-4 p.m. Sunday; Ferguson's shows are scheduled for 11 a.m.-noon and 3-4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-noon and 2-3 p.m. Sunday.
Event coordinator Krista Snodgrass believes the two legendary shooters will attract larger-than-normal crowds.
"We're anticipating 18,000 to 20,000 people to show up this year," she said. "Last year we had a relatively small crowd. This year, with Tom and Byron both here, we think people will really want to come. We're really excited."
A crowd that size might break the all-time attendance record for the event, which Snodgrass said was close to 18,000.
Other headliners scheduled to strut their expertise at the celebration include bass pro Jeremy Starks, a two-time winner on the Bassmaster Elite circuit; waterfowl hunter Joe Austin; fly-fishing gurus Jack Bell and Joe Messinger; snake authority Jim Fregonara; bird dog trainer Rodger Lundell; tree-stand safety teacher Glenn Jones; and bird-of-prey experts Howard and Jason Caldwell.