Clay targets delivered greenbacks to the local economy and excitement for area shooting enthusiasts over the weekend as the Otoe County Wildlife Club hosted the three-day Nebraska State Sporting Clays Championships.
The event was thought to have the potential to attract as many as 200 shooters.
Last year’s event drew 145 shooters.
Numbers at the Otoe County Wildlife Club had already exceeded that by Friday afternoon, the first day of the event.
Shooters attending the event in Nebraska City aren’t just from inside the state.
Competitors were expected from Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Over the three days, shooters were scheduled to compete in a number of different events, those being FITASC, 5-Stand, 200 Target Main Event, 410 Gauge, 28 Gauge, 20 Gauge, Super Sport, Side by Side, Pump and True Pairs.
The top individual prize winner could collect as much as $2,500 at the Nebraska City shoot and the organizers expected to hand out as much as $13,000 in prize money.
Nebraska City has been working toward hosting the event for sometime.
The Nebraska City club hosted a state association shoot in 2013 and found out in August that it had earned the right to host the Nebraska State Sporting Clays Championships.
Steve Walters of the Otoe County club said hundreds of man hours were required to make the preparations necessary to host the shoot.
In addition to the excitement of hosting a shoot, Walters said the competitors traveling to the state event will also give a boost to the local economy with many of the shooters lodging in the Nebraska City area for four days.