The 10th Annual State Fair of Texas Big Tex Clay Shoot Classic event was the most successful shoot yet. A record-breaking $129,000 was raised, with all proceeds going directly to the Fair’s Big Tex 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 Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program. This program supports students from across the state, including those attending one of six area high schools surrounding Fair Park.
More than 285 shooters, representing 61 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 Barry Pickett Fence Company team, the Watkins Construction team, and the Texas State Rifle Association team. Second place honors when to the Marsh & McLennan Agency team, the Frost Bank team, and the Hicks Lightening Protection team. Each member of the winning teams received a trophy and enjoyed recognition amongst their peers.
Kenny Stringer was the first-place individual shooter on the green course shooting a perfect score of 80. The first-place individual shooter on the blue course was Lee Tackett, and Tad Riney 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:
- 2019 Presenting sponsor: United Mechanical;
- Shooter Gear sponsor: Heritage Land Bank;
- Shooter Hat sponsor: ACT Event Services;
- Event Day sponsor: Bobcat Contracting;
- Flurry side game sponsor: Watkins Construction;
- 70+ valued volunteers.
Shooting station sponsors included 501 Ops, Ameritas, Crest Cars, Dalrock Plumbing Company, Eastern Plumbing Supply, Frost Bank, Hargrove Electric Company, Housley Group, Inwood Tavern, Larrett Energy Services, Lincoln Rackhouse, Lone Star Ag Credit, MIINC Mechanical Contractors, Moore Supply Company, Platinum Event Services, Quail Coalition, Sharp Insulation, Texas Building Controls, Texas State Rifle Association, Timberlake & Dickson, Turner Construction, and United Mechanical.
Teams participating in the shoot included Ameritas, Bobcat Contracting, Bob’s Chop House, Box Systems Electrical, D. Harold Byrd III, Brian Chester, Chuck Fairbanks Chevrolet, John De la Garza, Elm Fork Shooting Sports, Hicks Lightning Protection, Housley Communications, Inc., Ben E. Keith, Living Earth, R. E. Lopez & Associates, Steve Mancillas, Marsh McLennan Agency SW, The Matchbox Studio, Mechanical Partners, MIINC Mechanical Contractors, Moore Disposal, Morley-Moss, Inc., Northwest Insurance Agency, NTD Mechanical, Barry Pickett Fence Company, RDO Equipment, Sunstate Equipment Company, Thigpen Energy, Tripp-Wire Shooters, Turner Construction, and United Mechanical.
Our generous in-kind event donors included: Eagle Audio/Visual, Inc., Lady Walton Cookies, Miller Ice, Moore Disposal, Newport Concessions, Park Cities Quail, United Mechanical, and Winston Water Coolers.
Learn more about the 2019 Big Tex Clay Shoot Classic at BigTex.com/sporting-clay-shoot/
Learn more about the State Fair’s Big Tex Scholarship Program at BigTex.com/scholarship/