After earning top placements in August at the Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports state contest, area participants Jonathan Dutton, left, and Ben Spangler qualified as two of four youths, plus an alternate, to represent the state at the 2022 4-H National Shooting Sports Championships in July in Grand Island, Neb. Dutton and Spangler are conducting a variety of fundraising efforts locally to help offset the cost of their trips. (Courtesy photo)

Hard work throughout the year earned two area youths top placements in August at the Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports State Contest.

Ben Spangler of the 4-H Anchor Point Archery Club and Lincoln County Marksmanship Club earned medallions and champion ribbons in both archery and shotgun disciplines. Jonathan Dutton of the 4-H Anchor Point Archery Club earned a reserve champion ribbon and medallion in archery. Both qualified for the 2022 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships, scheduled for June 26-July 1, 2022 in Grand Island, Neb.

Four participants and an alternate from each state qualify to attend the nationals in each division. Spangler and Dutton secured berths at nationals after earning top placement in the state their respective disciplines. Both plan to participate as part of Oregon’s Archery Team, composed of four members from three counties.

Oregon 4-H will help pay for the fees associated with their attendance at the national championships, however, the team is responsible for fundraising the remainder of the cost of the trip, including travel expenses. Spangler and Dutton plan on fundraising in a variety of ways to offset the remaining costs. During the month of December, they will sell See’s Candies and Wreaths and participate in bottle drives.

See’s Candies and Wreaths will be available for sale through December at JC Market in Newport and at the Lincoln County Commons (fairgrounds). They will sell at the old “Pick of the Litter building” at the Lincoln County Commons, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A variety of See’s Candies will be available for purchases as well as handcrafted wreaths. Wreaths cost from $20 to 40, depending on size. Special orders are available upon request.

Clean bottles and cans may be dropped off at the Lincoln County Commons (old Pick of the Litter building) from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays or during normal operating hours through December at the OSU Extension Office at 1211 SE Bay Blvd., Newport. Large donation pickups may be arranged by calling the OSU Extension Office at 541-648-6818.

For more information about the Lincoln County 4-H Program or the Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Program, contact Lincoln County 4-H Program Coordinator and interim State Shooting Sports Coordinator Todd Williver at the OSU Extension Office, 541-648-6815.

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