Hays area businesses, conservation groups and shooting sports groups have teamed together to offer a free day of target shooting and outdoor activities for youths ages 17 and younger at the 22nd annual Youth Outdoor Festival. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Hays City Sportsman's Club located a quarter-mile north of Interstate 70 exit 157.

Youth will learn about and experience trap and skeet shooting, archery equipment, air rifles and BB guns, muzzleloaders, small-bore rifles and more. There will also be a casting competition, paintball target shooting, and a fur harvesting demonstration. Youth will be closely supervised at each station by experienced volunteer instructors, and all equipment will be supplied.

Hunter Education certification is not required, and youths must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for the event can be completed on site before participation. A free lunch will be provided by Eagle Communications and the Hays Chapter of Pheasants Forever. Youths will also have a chance to win prizes, including a shotgun, fishing tackle and other outdoor equipment.

For more information, contact Kent Hensley at 785-726-3212 or Troy Mattheyer at 785-259-4214.