MIDLOTHIAN — “Ready, pull, fire” was the mindset of the competitors of the first-ever Clay Shoot hosted by the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce last Friday morning, Feb. 24.
“If we’re going to add an event, let’s do something for the guys,” said Cammy Jackson, President of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. “We have Wine and Arts, Marketplace, and even Fall Festival for the ladies, but the golf and clay shoot — definitely a guy’s sport.
“We try to do something for everybody, and our mission is to connect the businesses with the community, but some of our events are to connect businesses with other businesses, and this is ideal for that. So we call this one our ‘business to business’ event, and the rest are ‘business to the community,’ but it just worked out great,” she added about the turnout and success of the event.
Rolling in at 7:30 a.m., the eager gunmen, and even a few gunwomen, were raring to compete against their fellow businesspeople in a friendly match at Alpine Shooting Range in Fort Worth.
“They got here early, and I thought, ‘either you all are super excited, or you had to sneak out of your house before your wives caught you’ – I don’t know,” Jackson joked about the early arrivals.
With the unusually warm February weather, the competition began with 48 individual shooters and 12 shooting teams with 100 clays for each participant.
From Yum Yum Catering supplying the meals to the event’s sponsors of Texas Trust Credit Union, Chicken Express, VAVA INC, Virtuous Construction and Corporate Floors, along with the winner’s door prizes provided by Faith Armory and ARK Country Store — the event turned out to be a bull's-eye among the guys.
“It’s exciting because the teams just started coming in because we didn’t know what to expect. It’s challenging to do stuff for the first time, but next year I think we’ll get a better turnout. Once you do it once, a lot of them will be talking about it next year,” Jackson expressed.
Investing back into their programs and members, the Chamber raised around $5,000 in a creative and fun way, making back what it put in.
“All of the events that we do are designed to be put back into the chamber and to support our program of work so we can do more for our members,” she explained. “We want to make sure it’s a good event, and not just about how much money we raise, we also want it to be a good time.”
To connect with the Chamber of Commerce, visit midlothianchamber.org or call (972) 723-8600.
Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer