TIFTON -- Two upcoming events will raise funds for the Ruth's Cottage women and children's shelter.

The second annual Ruth's Cottage Sporting Clay Shoot, set for Saturday, March 20, will allow teams of businesspeople, law enforcement officers or anyone else who enjoys skeet shooting to spend the day on a one and a half mile, 10-station automated course.

The shoot will be held a mile and a half west of Brookfield on Lower Brookfield Road. A barbecue lunch cooked by Roscoe Gay and a T-shirt are included in the price of $75 per individual or $275 for a four-man squad. Platinum, gold and silver sponsorships are also available.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m.

"We're excited about it," said Ruth's Cottage Executive Director Elaine Harrod. "It's going to be a wonderful outdoor day, rain or shine."

Harrod said participants are encouraged to bring four-wheelers, although it is possible to walk the course. The use of eye and ear protection is mandatory.

Door prizes will be given away during the day, and the winner of the shoot will receive a prize package to be determined. The organizers will also award two trophies, the Corporate Challenge and the Law and Order trophy. Harrod said the Corporate Challenge will go to the business team with the highest score, to be theirs for the next year, and the Law and Order trophy will be awarded to the highest-scoring team in a field related to law enforcement.

"We can't do without our business community folks, but we certainly can't do without the law enforcement folks," said Harrod. "This could be law firms, the DA's office, judges, anyone from the court system, the sheriff's department or the police department. We hope we can get a healthy rivalry going."

A Browning Gold Hunter shotgun will also be given away in a drawing. Tickets for the gun are available for a $25 donation.

Also planned this month as a benefit for Ruth's Cottage is a spring festival at the New River Flea Market, featuring bluegrass musicians 16 Tons, David Blackmon and The Dappled Grays. A kids' tent at the flea market will offer children's activities, with the entertainment beginning at noon on Saturday, March 13, with 16 Tons. David Blackmon, who played fiddle for years with Jerry Reed, will follow at 3 p.m.

The Dappled Grays, named the Best Bluegrass Band in Atlanta by Creative Loafing Magazine, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Rounding out the weekend's activities will be an Antique and Collectibles Auction starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. More than 100 vendors are expected for the weekend.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to Ruth's Cottage.

"Both of these should be good, family days," Harrod said. "And of course, the fund raisers help us with our tight budget."

For more information or to pre-register for the skeet shoot, call Ruth's Cottage at 387-9697. Skeet shooters may also contact Ricky Justice at 386-4753.



To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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