Dogs, hunters and anglers gathered in Ramsey for the first week of Game Fair last weekend.
World Shotgun Shooting Champion Loral I Delaney watches Alexis Bergstrom’s form as she shoots a clay pigeon. Photo by Tammy Sakry
Approximately 26,000 people competed in dog events, tried out new shotguns and tested their skills on the shotgun and archery fields during the event’s first weekend.
During the first weekend, dogs hunted and retrieved ducks, pheasants and antlers.
In the scurry event, a yellow lab named Ace lived up to his name by completing the course in 30:73 seconds. Ace is owned by Lars Fricke of Savage.
Gage, also a yellow lab, had the fastest time on the obstacle course with 38:09 seconds. Gage is owned by Mike Sandman of Forest Lake.
The fastest time in the Swim to Win decoy retrieval went to a chocolate lab named Scout. Scout launched himself into the water, got the duck decoy and returned it to owner Scott Hamitton of Circle Pines in 13:28 seconds.
The largest jump of day in the large dog category went to Maverick.
The black lab, owned by Daniel Strassener of West St. Paul, jumped 26.5 feet off the end of the dock to retrieve a duck dummy.
Ryza, a border collie, took the prize for the longest jump in the small dog category.
Ryza, owned by Bev Olson of Andover, cleared 19.5 feet.
The weekend’s pointer competition was won by Molly, a German shorthaired pointer, who earned three points.
Molly’s owner is Jim Schroer of Elk River.
The second and final weekend begins today (Friday) and will include a duck and goose calling championship and more dog competitions.
Game Fair’s final weekend continues through Sunday. The gates are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.