The first Tri-Fire Wolf Chase skeet shoot competition will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday Sept. 23, and is being held at the Grayson College south campus, 1455 W. Van Alstyne Parkway.


This event is a fundraiser for the fire departments serving Van Alstyne, Gunter and Howe, and all proceeds will be split equally, said Van Alstyne F.D. Lt. James Lewis. The department will use the money raised to supplement their budgets to purchase needed equipment, supplies and furnishings for the stations.


Lewis explained that the title of this event simply describes the method to be used in the shoot. Four shooters at a time, each with only one shell and the momentum will move quickly — one group of four stepping up immediately one after another. Of course, it being an elimination, as it moves along, only those who successful hit a skeet will continue on, until finally winners are determined.


The Van Alstyne F.D. was established in 1889 and is staffed by full-time workers, part-time workers and volunteers. It serves much of southern Grayson County. Because it also provides emergency medical services, the department is staff 24/7. As EMS, the department also provides transportation service from hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.


There will be prizes, side games and food, including bingo, and raffles.


Shooters and non-shooters are welcome. Cost to enter will be $60 per shooter, and all entrants must be at least 16 years of age.


Tickets can be purchased from either the Gunter or the Van Alstyne fire stations, and early sign-up guarantees a spot in the competition. Competitors must provide their own gun, shells, and lawn chairs.


Call 903-482-6666 for more information.