Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
With A-list headliner Duck Dynasty, the Friends of NRA (National Rifle Association) Banquet and live auction will be a two day event and might be a blowout that tops all others, said Chairman of the Northwest Oklahoma Friends Chapter, Claire Craighead.
Northwest Oklahoma Friends of NRA in Woodward has been No. 1 in fund raising in the state for the last two years, Craighead said.
The organization's efforts helped Oklahoma last year, become the second state in 20 years to raise a $1 million, he said.
That money comes back to the region in grants to organizations such as local county FFA and 4-H chapters for the supplies and equipment needed to set up youth shooting activities and clubs, Craighead said.
"In 2012, Friends of NRA awarded 93 grants totaling, $457,124 to local 4-H and FFA chapters," Craighead said.
Friday, all are invited to attend the traditional Friends of NRA Banquet to be held at the Woodward Conference Center. Registration will take place at 5 p.m., Craighead said.
"The meal starts at 7 p.m.," he said. "The live auction will follow and there will be games and drawings."
In this year's traditional event, several custom guns will be featured that can be won by playing one of the several games available, said Friends of NRA treasurer, Travis Mann.
Anyone who wants to enter one of the many games has a chance to win one of three custom firearms that will be featured at the banquet, Mann said.
Up for grabs this year are the McKay Ford Shotgun; the Bank of Western Oklahoma gun, a Browning Gold Medallion .270 and Irwin Auto will be sponsoring the BB guns available to win as well, Mann said.
"The 'Top Gun' will be a gun built by Matt Perry of Vici," Mann said. "It is a 6.5 Creedmore."
Mann added that Mead Jewelers have also created a pendant for the event. The necklace is a likeness of one that Miranda Lambert wears, which features a pair of crossed, gold pistols with wings, Mann said.
In addition, Woodward artist and musician, Chris Castor has created two works of art, one, which he plans to present to the cast of Duck Dynasty at the Saturday evening banquet event and the other to be auctioned off, Mann said.
Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., Duck Dynasty cast will be featured and available to the public for an autograph session at the Woodward Conference Center, Mann said.
The autographs will cost $10, which goes directly to the Northwest Oklahoma Friends of NRA for the continuation of their fund raising, Craighead said.
"Those who want to show up for autographs can bring something they want autographed, but no firearms will be autographed," he said. "There will be T-shirts and hats available for sale to have autographed if they want to buy one."
The Saturday evening banquet, which will feature Duck Dynasty, as well as Entertainment by Woodward songbird, Bobbie Castor and her brother Chris Castor has already been sold out, Craighead said.
Doors will open for that banquet at 5:30 p.m., he said.