113th annual Grand American Trapshooting Championship takes place this week in Sparta, Illinois.

August 6, 2013

Lee Jian Chung

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Trapshooters use shotguns to shoot clay saucers, called pigeons, in the air. The Grand American Trapshooting Championship in Sparta, Illinois, will have as many as 3,000 trap shooters competing each day.

The 113th annual Grand American Trapshooting Championship takes place Wednesday in Sparta, Illinois.

The event lasts 11 days and is expected to draw as many as 3,000 participants per day.

Trap shooters use shotguns to shoot clay saucers, called pigeons, in the air. Traps are the devices that shoot these saucers into the air.

Art Ashbrook is the executive director of the World Shooting and Recreational Complex. He says the championship is one of the oldest and largest trap shooting competitions in the world.

“It’s just a good, competitive game that anybody can do.” Ashbrook said, “We have a machine, a gun, that you work with. It equals the playing field. All it takes is just a little practice and time, and everyone can compete.”

Ashbrook says the facilities in Sparta, Illinois, can accommodate as many as 600 trap shooters at a time.

Vendors will also be selling guns, shooting accessories and food during the event.

Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him @jclee89.