Governor Mike Parson made a swing through the lake area to attend the opening ceremonies for the 121st 2020 Grand American World Trapshooting event being hosted by the Missouri Trapshooters Association at their facility in Linn Creek.
Governor Mike Parson made a swing through the lake area to attend the opening ceremonies for the 121st 2020 Grand American World Trapshooting event being hosted by the Missouri Trapshooters Association at their facility in Linn Creek. Parson, state and local officials gathered for the event opening that is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants and visitors to the area over the next two weeks. Parson cited August as National Shooting Sports Month "throughout the Show-Me State, recognizing the firearm industry's $1.45 billion economic impact — supporting 11,341 jobs and adding $15.9 million to conservation." The event was moved to Linn Creek from Illinois where it has traditionally been held. Tri-County Lodging Association was instrumental in bringing the trapshooting championship to Lake of the Ozarks when organizers were looking for an alternative to Illinois. The economic impact is expected to exceed $10 million. Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Trish Creach said the event will have a tremendous impact on the lake community at a time when the season is starting to wind down prior to the beginning of school. Hosting events like the GAWT showcases the diversity of Lake of the Ozarks where visitors can come and boat, fish and take part in so many different outdoor activities. The Grand American is the largest shooting event of its kind, Over the next 9 days, the competition will include more than 20 events, drawing trapshooters from across the world. The event is hosted by the Amateur Trapshooting Association.