Nov. 27—Aiken Land Conservancy held its seventh annual Clays for Conservation fundraiser event Saturday afternoon.
The fundraiser was held at Palmetto Shooting Complex at the National Wild Turkey Federation, and welcomed shooters with all levels of experience .
"It's a very important fundraiser and it illustrates one of the facets of what the land conservancy does, which is to preserve resources for uses such as recreational shooting and turkey hunting," said Aiken Land Conservancy President Jim Cunningham.
Last year the event was cancelled due to COVID-19. Cunningham said he was very grateful to be able to hold it this year. This fundraiser generally brings in around $5,000 for the Aiken Land Conservancy.
This year there was a silent auction for a one week stay at a house in Bluffton, which may increase the amount raised.
The event offers instruction for beginners, a competition for experienced shooters, a Juniors division and tours for spectators, according to the ALC website. There were also prizes awarded for Best Adult, for man and woman, Top Scoring Team for men and women, Best Beginner, Best Junior and Best Senior which includes 70 and over.
Cunningham said he enjoys the event and looks forward to the weather and people every year.
He added his favorite aspect of the event is seeing everyone out year after year, supporting the land conservancy.
"We have to keep it going for a long time," Cunningham said.