One of the best local spots for fun outdoors sporting events this past weekend was at the 32nd annual Game Fair in Ramsey.
Thousands came out to bring their dogs to a competition, try the shotgun or archery ranges, search for hunting products or an outdoors-themed decoration for the home, or just enjoy the beautiful weather and variety of events.
The Game Fair at Armstrong Ranch Kennels, 8404 161st Ave. NW, Ramsey, concludes Aug. 16-18. Gates are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
This was the first time in six years that Tom Knapp was not showing off his skills in the shooting exhibition. He died April 26 at the age of 62 of pulmonary fibrosis.
Knapp, who resided in Elk River, had been a friend of Chuck and his wife Loral I Delaney for many years and a frequent visitor of the Game Fair. Chuck Delaney said Knapp had told him in January that he was not sure if he would be able to attend this year’s Game Fair because of his health, so Delaney found the Gould Brothers exhibition shooting team out of Alexandria.
Aaron and Steve Gould banter back and forth like many brothers, but they each have unique skills. Aaron Gould showed his upper body strength by shooting in between push-ups while Steve Gould showed his flexibility by bending backwards while shooting clay pigeons out of the sky.
Steve Gould assured the crowd, packed on bleachers, that this would be the best brother exhibition shooting team they would have seen. Of course, this was the first time that many saw a brother exhibition shooting team.
But before the show began, outdoors television show personality Ron Schara and Steve Gould paid their respects to Knapp. Schara said Knapp was “one of the best trick shooters in America.” Steve Gould said, “Tom was hands-down the greatest exhibition shooter of modern time” and was a mentor to him and his brother Aaron Gould.
Twenty archers qualified for the second weekend archery contest for a chance to win $1,000. One contestant is as young as 15 years old.
A border collie named Ryza, owned by Bev Olson of Andover, had the longest jump of the first weekend at 20 feet in the small dog division.
Brad Hazelwood of Spring Lake Park will be bringing his dog Oscar to the scurry finals this weekend. Oscar got a time of 23.25 seconds, which was the fastest time Saturday, Aug. 10.
Some of the other best times and distances in the dog competitions were:
• Brian McLean’s (Otsego) dog London had a time of 42.3 seconds in the obstacle course.
• Joe Landowski’s (Buffalo) dog Zoey had a time of 14.66 seconds in the decoy retrieval.
• Gus Maxfield’s (Austin) dog Tucker had a jump of 24.5 feet in the long jump competition for large dogs.
All dog competition finals culminate the last day of Game Fair Sunday, Aug. 18.
Visit www.gamefair.com for more information.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]