By MIKE CORN
Kent Hensley marvels at how easy it is to round up the volunteers necessary to put on an outdoor youth festival each year, one that attracts nearly 250 people.
A few calls and when it's time for the activities to start, about 30 volunteers show up to help introduce anywhere from 200 to 250 youngsters to the world of shooting sports.
The 15th annual Youth Outdoor Festival is set for Aug. 18 at the Hays City Sportsmen's Club, a quarter mile north of the west Hays exit off Interstate 70. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Most of the youngsters showing up are between the ages of 9 and 13, Hensley said.
Everything is provided to the youngsters showing up, including a free lunch.
This provides the opportunity for people who don't otherwise have access to firearms.
"That's what it's all about is getting kids interested in shooting sports," Hensley said.
Hunter education certification isn't required, but participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration must be completed on site before participating, and there will be a free lunch for participants.
In addition to the shooting and outdoor activities, several door prizes will be given away, including guns, fishing tackle and other outdoor equipment.
"It's a heck of a good deal," he said of the opportunity the day's event provides.
For more information, call Hensley at (785) 726-3212 or Troy Mattheyer at (785) 726-4212.