Grand American returns to local area

It’s once again that time of year when thousands of people will begin flocking to Sparta’s World Shooting and Recreational Complex for the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) Grand American Trapshooting Championship.

This is the 119th Grand and it is scheduled to run from Aug. 1 through 11, but the Grand actually kicked off with the AIM Grand National Youth Championships held on July 27-31.

The Grand itself annually draws thousands of competitors and spectators from all across the globe. According to the ATA’s website,, last year there were 30,261 total entries across the 24 different events and with 16,113 entries for the Grand Week itself.

As in the past, in addition to all of the shooting events, there are also fun things planned for not only the shooters and their families, but also for the general public as well.

To start off the events, there will be a fish fry held on Friday, Aug. 3. This event is sponsored by the City of Sparta and will benefit the AIM youth program. It is a great opportunity to come out to the complex.

Opening ceremonies for the Grand are scheduled for the evening of Monday, Aug. 6. Opening ceremonies are also presented by the City of Sparta.

For more on this year’s Grand American, please see this week’s print edition.