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Top Shot competition underway in Cass County (IA)

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July 7th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – A 7th Annual local shooting competition hosted by Erich and Tammy Wickman is underway in Cass County. The Wickman’s own Wickman Chemical. proceeds from the “Top Shot Cass County” competition are directed to the Atlantic Police Department and Police Reserves Children’s programs. The event has competitors vying for the title of “Top Shot Cass County.” Erich Wickman says every year the number of participants and the amount of money raised, increases. This year, there’s an additional competition, with the winner claiming a brand new rifle.

There’s also a fast and accurate, “Texas Star” shooting competition.

Erich Wickman pays for the prize weapons out of his own pocket. He hopes the event inspires others to create charitable events that benefit programs like those offered by the Atlantic Police Department and Police Reserves.

Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says he enjoys the good-natured rivalry between the Sheriff’s Office and Police.

Atlantic Police Chief Devin Hogue says his officers and reserves have put together a team. He’s grateful the event helps the department’s programs to enhance the lives of children and families in Cass County.

The various programs the Police and Reserves offer, like trips to the Omaha Zoo, camping/fishing, and Shop with a Cop, are designed to give kids an experience they might not otherwise have had, and a positive experience with law enforcement.

Sheriff McLaren agreed that’s it’s a positive experience for kids and law enforcement.

This past year, the competition raised over $10,000 for the Police Departments Children’s programs. The “Top Shot” event runs through August 4th, Monday through Thursday, from 5-p.m., until dark. Inexperienced shooters are welcome, and will be mentored by experienced shooters in a controlled environment, just let Erich and Tammy Wickman know your status (beginner or experienced), when you call. Erich encourages the ladies to come out too, and experience the “Texas Star” competition.

To scheduled your time to shoot, call (712)-243-7739.