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Spencer spotlight: Fundraiser to help local USA team member

1:03 PM, Jul. 3, 2013  |  Comments
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He was born and raised in Spencer.

He was introduced to shooting at an early age when his dad would take him hunting.

He had a good eye for shooting and it wasn't until four years ago that he realized he was a pretty good sharpshooter.

He is John Dunbar.

John started sharpshooting competition in 2009. His first year at a state level competition garnered him a championship in 2010. He won a second state championship in 2011. Attending a number of qualifying rounds earned him a spot on the US-F Class Rifle Team. John is one of 16 team members and the only one from the Midwest. F class competition has the shooter in a prone position using a front rest support for the fore-end of the rifle. Distances are 800, 900 and 1000 yards with the X-ring (bulls-eye) only five inches in diameter.

This year's world championships will be Aug. 23 to 27 in Raton, New Mexico. This is the first time the event is being held in the United States. Twenty eight countries will be sending teams to Raton. It will be a number of years before the games make it back to our country. Team members have to finance their own way to the world championships. They pay for everything including transportation, rooms, food, guns and ammo. That is a pretty heavy load for team members to carry.

So, with that in mind, friends and family members put their heads together and came up with a wonderful idea.

A fundraiser for John is being held at the Little Club on Highway 98 west of Spencer on July 13 starting at 2 p.m. In the afternoon a DJ will be entertaining from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A live band will perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a number of raffles taking place during the event. Some raffles are for guns.

Bring the whole family. There is fun for everyone. Games and a bouncy house are available for kids to enjoy. Food and refreshments will also be on the grounds. Brats, hamburgers and hot dogs are the main meats with people donating other side dishes. A single sandwich will cost you $2. Full meals will cost $6.

Remember, it is going to a good cause.

This is rain-or-shine event. Tents will be set up on the grounds. Music is taking place under the tent as well. You may want to bring your lawn chair if you want to sit and listen to the music. Let's show our support fora local guy representing the United States at these World Games.

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