Camp Gibbs Banquet moves to Armory

For the Camp Gibbs Banquet, three firearms can be won by one person. Displaying the winning items for the Win the Triple Crown raffle are, from left, board president Greg Stebbins with a 12-gauge Browning BPS shotgun, longtime supporter Ron Sykora with a Ten Point crossbow that comes with accessories, and past-president Jim Duda with a .44 magnum Henry Big Boy lever action rifle. (submitted photo)

IRON RIVER—A dinner banquet to benefit Camp Gibbs Recreation Area will be held Nov. 18, at the Michigan National Guard Iron River Armory. Tickets are $25 each. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
    Guests will be eligible for door prize drawings. In addition, there will be games, silent auctions and a large variety of guns, two crossbows, gift certificates, baskets and prizes to win.
    “The biggest prize of the evening can be won in the Win the Triple Crown raffle” said Greg Stebbins, Camp Gibbs Recreation Association president. “This raffle is the only one where you do not need to be present to win. One lucky person will win three firearms: a 12-gauge Browning BPS shotgun; a Ten Point crossbow with accessories and a .44 magnum Henry Big Boy lever action rifle.”
    Tickets for the Triple Crown drawing are $10 each, or three for $20. Dinner banquet and Triple Crown raffle tickets are available at Zippidy Duda at 202 W. Genesee St., at the Stambaugh American Legion Reino Post located at 212 Washington Ave. and at the Wooden Nickel, 461 Gibbs City Rd. in Iron River.
    “Come out to share your hunting stories and reconnect with old friends and new,” said Stebbins.
    Camp Gibbs Recreation Area is a former Civilian Conservation Corp camp that has been saved from demolition by the challenging work done by volunteers and the generous donations from the community and beyond. The annual banquet proceeds are used exclusively to continue building restoration and updating the infrastructure.
     It is the home of two public shooting clubs - Ojibway Archers and the Hiawatha Shotgun Club. A pistol building provides a safe venue for concealed weapons classes. Hunter Safety Field Day is held annually the first Saturday of May at Camp Gibbs. Sighting in of firearms is highly encouraged at the rifle range.
    “It is a wonderful community asset,” said Stebbins.
    Camp Gibbs Recreation Area is located 7.4 miles north of U.S. 2 on Gibbs City Road in the Ottawa National Forest.
    The Michigan National Guard Iron River Armory is located at 9 Franklin St., in Iron River.
    For more information, call Gregg Stebbins at 265-3429 or Gary Lane at 906-284-3309.