Annual SLP Turkey Shoot brings fun, food

Parent-child teams showcased their basketball, football, Frisbee, hockey and soccer skills at the annual Turkey Shoot in Spring Lake Park Nov. 22.

Put on by the Spring Lake Park Parks and Recreation Department for more than 20 years, the event is free, but nonperishable food donations are always encouraged.

Kyle Hayes, 6, attempts to get a shot past one formidable turkey goalie at the annual Turkey Shoot Nov. 22, presented by the Spring Lake Park Parks and Recreation Department. Photo by Olivia Koester

Kyle Hayes, 6, attempts to get a shot past one formidable turkey goalie at the annual Turkey Shoot Nov. 22, presented by the Spring Lake Park Parks and Recreation Department. Photo by Olivia Koester

This year, 131 pounds of food was collected for the Southern Anoka Community Assistance food shelf, according to Parks and Recreation Director Marian Rygwall.

Families will return year after year, Rygwall said. “It’s just low-key, competitive fun,” she said.

Top scorers in each age bracket won Cub gift certificates.

This year, those teams were as follows:

After missing her first goal, Reyna Fleck-Prez, 7, shrugs and then tries again. Photo by Olivia Koester

After missing her first goal, Reyna Fleck-Prez, 7, shrugs and then tries again. Photo by Olivia Koester

Male winners

Alexander Keck and his father Travis, ages 5-7

Stephen Kesti and his father Greg, ages 8-10

Jediah Friesz and his father Urban, ages 11-13

Female winners

Sadie Fisher and her father Greg, ages 5-7

Adrianna Fannemel and her mother Jenny, ages 8-10

Natalie Nusbaum and her father Joe, ages 11-13

Olivia Koester is at olivia.koester@ecm-inc.com

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