Enjoying a weekend of camaraderie, traditions and competitive shooting, gun enthusiasts from all over the country recently joined forces for the 15th Southern Side X Side Championships and Exhibition in Sanford, NC. Kevin’s Guns,a proud sponsor of the this annual Spring event, is particularly proud of Thomasville, Georgia native and Kevin’s Guns’ own Jared Singletary who impressed the crowds over the weekend placing on the prestigious Parker Team and placing 10th in competition on Sunday.
Saturday’s Parker vs L.C. Smith Challenge was a competitive shoot out to the end. Jared had use of any of Kevin’s guns on display, and used the first one he picked up – a vintage circa 1890’s Parker VH 12 Bore. The Parker committed him to competing to make the coveted Parker team the 10 best shooters of the morning competition.The 10 year old competition is a five stand event – competitors shoot five stands of clay’s with six shots each for a perfect 30 target score. There are two different stands with a total of 60 targets possible. Jared’s impressive score of 52 gave him a place on the Parker Team! He shot a 27 on the first stand and a 25 on the second.
In the afternoon, The Parker Team shot against the L.C. Smith team with only one stand of five shots for a high individual score of 30 targets. Jared shot a 27, the highest on the Parker team! The 10 shooters’ combined scores determined the winning team and by only four shots, L.C. Smith took home the prize.
Sunday’s Atkin, Grant & Lang Main Clay Event brought together over 400 shooters in competition and Kevin’s Gun’s Jared Singletary, again impressed, coming in 10th out of a field of over 400 competitors! Jared loves clay’s and has been competing since he was 14 years old. And now, he is looking forward to watching his son, Stone,compete in future events! Stone has been shooting since he was two and at seven years old, told his dad he wants to go to next year’s competition. Jared doesn’t talk a lot about his successes, he is quiet about his shooting skills, but many took note. The vintage Parker he used during the competition really said it best as it sold immediately after his competition, clearly someone else was hoping to shoot as well as Jared using his Parker for good luck!
By Didi Hoffman
Eighteen years ago, two patrons of the arts and outdoor enthusiasts transformed Thomasville, Georgia into a national center for the arts, in celebration of the outdoor lifestyle. Now a nationally renowned wildlife arts festival, the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival www.pwaf.org appropriately coincides with the opening of quail hunting season. The quail defines much of the southwest region of Georgia and the love of the outdoors, dogs, hunting, conservation, family and tradition.
Inspiration came to founder Bob Crozer, while attending game fairs in Scotland and England. He felt Thomasville had the same love of the outdoors, family, wildlife and dogs that were celebrated in these festivals. Bob was fascinated and especially loved the majestic birds of prey demonstrations at the different festivals along with the different artist interpretations of outdoor life. His hope was that the people of Thomasville would feel that same joy he felt after attending these fairs. He knew in his heart that the community would embrace a similar festival. Inspired, he felt the perfect person to champion this wildlife festival would be his friend Margo Bindhardt – a woman who was passionate about the outdoors, a patron of the arts and a woman who knew how to create magic!
Margo’s talents brought immediate success to the festival. Once she put her mind to something, she thoroughly enjoyed engaging people to achieve a mutual goal. Louise Dunlap her daughter and Vice – Chair of this year’s PWAF remembers her mother’s love of the festival. Margo “thought of PWAF as her family. She was dedicated to bringing first class artists and patrons of the arts together.”
A PWAF artist whom Margo and PWAF helped launch, Chris Chantland, spoke highly of her, her kindness and support towards all the artists. “I knew immediately and instinctively that she was a super-nice lady, and if you saw her without a smile or a gleam in her eye, it would be extremely rare.” Louise added that “my mom always had so much fun at the show, mingling with artists, some of whom became dear friends.”
“Through the years PWAF has stayed true to the foundation laid by these two wonderful people,” says this year’s Chair, Gates Kirkham. “Their principles and vision continue to guide our efforts to bring premier art to our region.”
Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel shares the same goals of the original and current PWAF efforts. “My mother always believed that volunteers, committees, and underwriters were the backbone of the festival” reflected Lousie and Kathleen Kelly, co-owner of Kevin’s follows this same belief. Like most working mothers, Kathleen juggles work and family but is committed to the success of PWAF and helps whenever possible. In the beginning years, Kathleen was an integral part of the Preview Party, even working as Chair. This special event allows people from all over the country who love fine wildlife art to preview the artist’s work in a less crowded environment than the actual daytime festival. It is the “kickoff” to a fun weekend and many of Kevin’s customers love going to the party. Kathleen’s favorite part of the evening is that old friends and customers of Kevin’s have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed evening of art and friendship, talking about art, hunting, their families and favorite dogs.
Kevin’s, in support of PWAF is again excited to participate in the festivities. Friday, November 15th during the Underwriter and Patron Parties, Kevin’s will present the prestigious gun manufacturer Holland and Holland and display some of their finest guns. As a kickoff to the quail hunting season, the artistry and craftsmanship of these guns truly has a place in the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival. They are a work of art.
To Kevin and Kathleen Kelly, Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival really reflects who they are. It speaks about their love of the outdoors , their support of the arts, their support of the PWAF beneficiary Thomasville Center for the Arts www.thomasvillearts.org and their commitment to Thomasville.
The core success of this special festival really harkens back to the vision and passion Bob Crozer and Margo Brindhart brought to it from its beginning. They planted the seed and gave the festival deep roots to sustain and grow over the years, and it now has a renowned status in the wildlife art world. Very sadly, both Bob and Margo have passed on, but their joy and spirit combined with their love of the arts, outdoors and Thomasville continues to shine on.
“My Mom was involved in a lot of ventures in the arts world, but she was most proud of PWAF,” says Louise, “she was always willing to help the show in any way that she could. She was even known to pick up garbage after the show. Her love of PWAF showed not only in her dedication, but also in her heart.”
For tickets and information please visit www.pwaf.org.