Game Fair 2018

Ken Steigauf, right, instructs Konner King, 6, in how to shoot a BB gun at the booth of the Minnesota Firearms Instructor Association at the 2018 Game Fair in Ramsey.

Ramsey’s annual celebration of the outdoors, family, dogs and hunting is back, featuring trick shooting, shotgun lessons and falconry.

The Game Fair kicks off this weekend, running Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 16-18. Gates open at 9 a.m. at the Armstrong Ranch Kennels (8404 161st Ave. NW) in Ramsey and close at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12, and kids get in free on Fridays with a paying adult.

This year’s special guests include everything from trapshooters to dog trainers and falconers.

Nora Ross will provide daily shotgun shooting instruction. Ross is the youngest person ever inducted into the Amateur Trapshooting Association All-America in 1999.

Another shotgun shooter will perform trick shooting shows. Travis Mears, president of Defender Outdoors Clay Sports Ranch has shot competitively since he was 9.

Josh Miller, owner and lead trainer at River Stone Kennels will offer daily seminars focused on training British Labradors for hunting.

The falconry tent will provide displays of various raptors with Frank Taylor, a former curator of birds for the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota.

Two women, Tina Dokken and Simone Schara, will present an A-Z duck hunting seminar covering gear, guns and dog training.

Other events include a 4-D archery shooting event featuring simulated game, the Eighth Annual Ducks Unlimited Duck & Goose Calling Championships, various dog competitions and more.

This is the 38th annual Game Fair. The event started in 1982 after Chuck and Loral I Delaney visited England’s Game Fair two years earlier.

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