By Michele VowellMay 13, 2015
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, May 13, 2015) - From shooting skeet to a classic car show, Clarksville Parks and Recreation's Warrior Week offers several activities for Fort Campbell Soldiers and their families.
Warrior Week events are designed to celebrate service members and their families, said Yvonne Pickering, military and government affairs coordinator for the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.
"This is just our opportunity as a community to thank the Soldiers and Families for all that they do for us," she said. "We honor their service."
For the first time, Fort Campbell's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Outdoor Recreation will host the Warrior Week shooting competition for 101st Airborne Division and tenant unit Soldiers Friday.
"I didn't realize there was such a nice facility out there," Pickering said. "They have the guns. They have the ammo. We've always had to go other places to get everything together and it's all right there at that facility."
The 60 participating Soldiers will be shooting skeet and trap. In skeet shooting, marksmen aim for clay pigeon targets which cross in front of the firing line. In trap shooting, the clay pigeons targets travel away from the firing line.
Although it's an individual competition, Soldiers will be divided into teams of five and not necessarily with other members of their units, Pickering said.
Additionally, the competition requires shooting shotguns and not rifles, which had given Army snipers a bit of an edge in the past, she said.
"We changed it so it gives everyone an even playing field," she said. "Surprisingly, some Soldiers have never shot a shotgun."
Personal weapons are allowed for use during the competition, provided they are 12-gauge in caliber. Shotguns and ammunition also will be provided by the Outdoor Recreation shooting complex.
Competitors may wear appropriate civilian clothing. Eye protection and hearing protection are recommended.
The shooting competition starts at 9 a.m. Friday. Final scores and winners will be announced shortly after lunch.
"It's really a fun competition," Pickering said.
To show appreciation for the sacrifice of all service members throughout our nation's history, the 101st will conduct a wreath laying ceremony as a patriotic tribute to Soldiers during an eternal flame ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Public Square in downtown Clarksville.
"We would love everyone to come out and memorialize our fallen Soldiers," Pickering said.
Hand-clapping, foot stomping entertainment includes a free concert at the Liberty Park Amphitheater Friday nigh. Local band Backroad Brigade will open the show at 6:30 p.m. The rest of the evening will feature award-winning, country music group Little Texas.
"They're still as good as they always were. We are really excited to have them," Pickering said of Little Texas. "Anybody that was around in the 90s remembers how big they were. They were kind of the hair band of the country music scene."
Among Little Texas' top chart-making hits were "God Blessed Texas" and "My Love."
"They're very excited about playing for the military. They try to support [the troops] as much as they can," said Pickering.
The amphitheater is located at 1188 Cumberland Drive. Concessions will be available for purchase. Parking is free and available throughout the park.
Classic Car, Truck and Bike Show
More than 30 trophies will be awarded at the fifth annual Warrior Week Classic Car, Truck and Bike Show Saturday at Heritage Park.
Active duty and retired military will display their vintage -- from 1959 -- to modified modern-day vehicles to vie for top prizes.
"We know that a lot of Soldiers like their cars and like their motorcycles. If you look around they take care of them," Pickering said. "We just wanted to incorporate something fun for them to do during Warrior Week." On-site registration will be from 8 until 9 a.m. Saturday, with a $10 cash-only entry fee per vehicle. Judging begins at 11 a.m.
Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.
Static displays, food and games will also be available for the public to enjoy.
Fort Campbell Soldiers will take the field against officials from Clarksville-Montgomery County in Saturday's Tobacco Stick Softball Game.
Teams face off at 2 p.m. at Heritage Park to see who claims the tobacco stick trophy.
"That is an ongoing tradition for several years where Soldiers from Fort Campbell put together a team and they compete with leadership and local people from Clarksville-Montgomery County," Pickering said. "In the past years Fort Campbell has taken the Tobacco Stick back to Fort Campbell."
Pickering encouraged other Soldiers and Family members to watch the game, as well as enjoy additional food and games at the site.
All events during Warrior Week are free to Fort Campbell Soldiers and their families. For more information, call (931) 645-7476 or visit cityofclarksville.com/warriorweek.
"We would just like to have everyone come out and participate in all of our events," Pickering said. "We are looking forward to hosting them and honoring them for all they do for us and the country."