The Courtenay and District Fish & Game members would like to thank the public for the appreciative remarks and smiling faces after trying out the various facilities and visiting the exhibitor booths at the 24th Annual Outdoor Recreation Show on June 4-5.
The kids got to build birdhouses, try target shooting and paintball, learn to spincast, archery, try remote control boats and catch a trout. Seeing Smokey the Bear from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations was a highlight, club spokesperson Gail Eggiman noted.
Adults could shoot like a cowboy, or try a firearm from the muzzleload era, attempt trap and skeet, or stalk and shoot some 3D animal targets on the Archery Trail.
Some fortunate flyers hopped aboard a helicopter with Jen from WestCoast Helicopters for a flight around Comox Lake and each and every person stepped off that chopper with a big grin.
The rest of the day was spent wandering through the indoor and outdoor exhibits and meeting with representatives from various government agencies. Tractors and hay wagons transported people around the property to the various facilities and the cowboys and cowgirls entertained with the occasional re-enactment shootout or “hold up of the wagons.”
Food donations were collected instead of an entry fee and they will be delivered to the Comox Valley Food Bank. The members of the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association would like to thank the public for attending the show. “The volunteers’ hard work was worth every nice comment that we received,” Eggiman said.