Friends of the NRA holding banquet March 9

Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold their fifth annual banquet at the Tucumcari Convention Center on March 9 at 6 p.m.

Tim Bishop, Quay County FNRA event coordinator, said tickets are going fast and anyone wanting to attend will need to get their tickets soon.

Ticket prices are $25 for a single and $45 for a couple, children under 6 are free and ages 6 to 16 are $15.

Tickets are available at Tucumcari Ranch Supply, Dickenson Implement, Burns Hardware and Bob's Budget Pharmacy in Tucumcari and at Bruhn Hardware in Logan or by calling Bishop at 575-461-1889.

Bishop said that statewide, 58 grants totaling $363,000 were submitted. These grants help fund various programs, which include the Junior ROTC, Quay County 4-H shooting sports, Woman on Target and Refuse to be a Victim.

rants also assist agencies in acquiring drug dogs and bullet proof vests.

This Year the Quay 4-H shooting program was fully funded. The money is used to purchase ammunition, targets and firearms for the 4-Hers to be able to practice and participate in local, district and state competitions.

There are approximately 60 kids enrolled in the Quay County 4-H Shooting Sports program. They receive training in shooting and firearms safety and are able to compete in various competitions on the local, district and state level. Quay County generally has 15 to 18 senior 4-H members competing at the state level. In 2012, a total of 259 kids from around the state competed at state competition which is held at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton. The pistol team from Quay County placed third in the state last year and Quay County had several High-Point individuals.

The banquet is not a membership drive or a political function and is open to the public. The banquet is one of the most highly supported events in Quay County and is a fundraiser, with proceeds going to help fund programs like the Quay County 4-H Shooting Sports and to help in the protection of 2nd Amendment Rights.

This year's banquet is being catered by Watson's Bar-B-Que and will feature game's, a silent and live auction. There will be artwork, jewelry and firearms ready to be given away to winners or high-bidder. This is a family oriented, alcohol free event.

The gun of the year is a Weatherby Vanguard .270 caliber. The rifle comes equipped with a Leupold VX7 scope, walnut stock and a fitted case. There are pre-banquet raffle tickets on sale now at a cost of $10 each or 3 for $20.

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