Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Featured Railsplitter event

Captain Bogardus Trap Shoot

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[September 15, 2010]  The 40th annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival is fast approaching. With so many great options for families to enjoy, the weekend won't disappoint.

A highlight of the festival is the Captain Bogardus Trap Shoot. It will be on Saturday at the Lincoln Sportsman Club. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m., with competition kicking off at 12:30.

Capt. Adam H. Bogardus is possibly one of the best-known trap shooters in history. He traveled with "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" as a sharpshooter, was named the Champion Wingshot of the World in 1876 and is even credited with inventing a trap thrower designed to throw glass targets.

Bogardus is buried in Elkhart, and in his honor the Logan Railsplitting Association is hosting the annual Captain Bogardus Trap Shoot. Bob McCue, a descendant of Bogardus, will also be on hand as a Bogardus interpreter.

For the shoot, three classes will be available: muzzleloaders, old-style shotgun and modern. There will be two different events: a 10-bird "meat shoot" and the 25-bird derby.

For more information, check the website at

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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