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Grand American Trap Shooting competitors camp for two weeks

(Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS
SPARTA, IL (KFVS) -

The World Shooting & Recreation Complex in Sparta, IL is home to the Grand American trap shooting competition.

People come from the world over to compete in the Amateur Trap Shooting Association event.

Many come to stay in portable homes, some for several weeks.

"You got sewer, you bring your food, you got Walmart to get your food," John Hasbrouck said. "There's a butcher down there, you got meat, so we grill out or go to restaurants."

Hasbrouck is visiting Sparta from Georgia. He made the trek with his friend, Billy Griffin.

The two, along with their families, stay in RVs for the two weeks the competition runs. The two tell me you start to meet new people because of how close you live to them.

"You meet somebody new every day, you know," Griffin said. "You just, it's a small world. You run across people you've known for years, just happen to meet them down here."

The Grand American competition almost didn't occur this year, as the budget problems in Illinois has threatened the complex.

"I think there's a good deal of relief, both on the part of the participants here and the folks that live in the area, Southern Illinois," Lynn Gipson Executive Director of the ATA said.

According to the Personnel Manager for the Grand American, Gary Ebers, the competition at the shooting complex brings in a large sum of money for the local economy as well.

"Last year I employee 422 different individuals for different things that need to be accomplished during this two and a half week period of time," Ebers said. "I expended 345,000 dollars in payroll. And that all, virtually all gets pumped back into the local economy."

Along with officials, competitors are also excited the competition continues in Illinois.

""It's like our Super Bowl, our World Series, our Stanley Cup," Hasbrouck said. "This is the trap shoot of the world."

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