State Fair of Texas Shoots for the Stars: Youth Livestock Supporters Raise $110,000 for Scholarship Fund

The ninth annual State Fair of Texas Shooting for the Stars Sporting Clay event was the most successful shoot yet. A record-breaking $110,000 was raised, with all proceeds going directly to the Fair’s Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this year’s event,” said Daryl Real, senior vice president of livestock and agriculture for the State Fair of Texas. “We surpassed our goals again this year and are very excited about the continued growth of the sporting clay shoot.”

One hundred percent of the money given to and raised at this event goes to support the State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program. This program supports students from across the state, including those attending one of five area high schools surrounding Fair Park.

More than 250 shooters, representing 51 teams, competed at the event held at the Dallas Gun Club. First place teams from three courses were recognized. Earning first place honors on the green, blue, and orange courses, respectively: the Texas State Rifle Association team, the MDH Services team, and the ACT Event Services team. Second place honors when to the United Mechanical team, the Moore Disposal & Recycling team, and the Lincoln Rackhouse team. Each member of the winning teams received a trophy and enjoyed recognition amongst their peers.

Andrew Reese was the first-place individual shooter on the green course. The first-place individual shooter on the blue course was Cody Kiddy, and Denny Long earned first-place individual shooter on the orange course. Each individual winner received a custom State Fair of Texas belt buckle created by Gist.

A special thanks to the following organizations and individuals:
• 2018 Title sponsor: United Mechanical.
• Gear sponsor: Heritage Land Bank.
• Hat sponsor: ACT Event Services.
• Flurry side game sponsor: Bobcat Contracting.

Shooting station sponsors included Ameritas, Ben E. Keith, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Crest Cars, Chuck Fairbanks Chevrolet, Forterra Building Products, Frost Bank, Housley Group, Johns Manville/Pamaco, Larrett Energy Services, Living Earth, Lone Star Ag Credit, MIINC, Native Solutions, NTD Mechanical, Platinum Event Services, Sharp Insulation, and United Mechanical.

Teams participating in the shoot included Assured Comfort Services, Big Texes, Box Systems Electrical Contractors, Dallas Divas, CBS 11’s DFW Outdoorsman, Direct Development, Eastern Plumbing Supply, H & E Equipment, Hicks Lightning Protection, Housely Communications, Jason McBride, Lincoln Rackhouse, Marsh McLellan Agency, Matchbox Studios, MDH Services, MIINC, Moore Disposal, Ogletree Deakins, Raggio & Raggio, RDO Equipment, Sharp Insulation, Sunstate Equipment, Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, Turner Construction, and Venture Commercial.

Our generous in-kind event donors included: Eagle Audio, Grapevine Golf Cars, Lady Walton Cookies, Miller Ice, Moore Disposal, Newport Concessions, Park Cities Quail, United Mechanical, and Winston Water Coolers.

Learn more about the State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program at

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About the State Fair of Texas

Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with all proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park; underwrite museum, community, and scholarship programs for inner-city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers; and help improve State Fair operations. The 2017 exposition runs September 29 through October 22 in Fair Park. Visit for more information.

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