ROGERS (KFSM)- A record number of teams competed in the 50th Annual Daisy BB Gun Competition that was held July 3 to 5 in Rogers.
Eighteen states were represented by 68 teams at the championship. Children eight to 15 years old were able to compete individually and in teams.
Thirteen-year-old, Olivia Forrest, said it wasn’t all about the competition.
“I think it's very interesting,” Forrest said. “We had a bartering thing going on yesterday, and that was a lot of fun. You get to talk to different people from different states.”
Forrest started shooting BB guns through 4-H, which is a nation-wide youth development and mentoring organization.
“We had this thing called Get a Taste for 4-H, and I really wanted to do shotgun, but you had to do BB gun first, so I started out with a BB, and I really got into it and really enjoyed it,” Forrest said.
Daisy Public Relations Vice President Joe Murfin said the competition is no different than any other sport.
“The competition is always important to young people just like it is in football or soccer,” Murfin said. “Once they learn the skills they want to compete with each other, and that`s just fun. They`re very serious about it, but it`s also a good time.”
Murfin also said that the competition is all about safety, so the participants had a gun safety session before they could compete.
First place went to Walton Co., 4-H from Monroe, Georgia. The second place team was from Palmyra, Pennsylvania, and the third place team was DC Shooting Team from Armour, South Dakota.