ELYSBURG -- If it ain't broke, why fix it?

That's the feeling exhibited by Publicity Director David Comroe as the 116th Pennsylvania State Shoot starts today at the Valley Gun and Country Club with the Kaylynn Hamilton-Bornman Singles Event.

The Pennsylvania state shoot is the world's second-largest trapshooting event, behind only the Grand Masters in Illinois after a long run in Vandalia, Ohio.

"We continue to get more shooters every year and everyone who visits our facility seems to like it," Comroe said. "So there really isn't any reason to make major changes so nothing has been altered since last year."

That's not to say the entire schedule will be the same as last year. There will be one significant change Monday with the SCTP Championships, an event which will honor the young trapshooters of Pennsylvania. All SCTP teams will be vying for the right to represent the state in the SCTP Championships at the Grand American in Sparta.

"This is the first year we are holding the SCTP event in Pa. and this is a great way of getting more younger shooters involved with the sport," Comroe said. "Most states have the event and it's just another great way to promote the sport with our younger competitors."

For the second year, officials are planning to present the winner of the Krieghoff Handicap and Challenge a K-80 Trap Special Combo, valued at $17,000, on Friday.

"Last year this ended up being the largest handicap event in Pennsylvania," Comroe said.

The Pennsylvania State Sportsmen's Association has run the State Shoot since 1891 missing just one year and has attracted more than 2,000 shooters each year from more than 30 states and overseas. According to the PSSA, a total of 1,675,900 targets were shot at last year that included a record 8,437 entries.

The Keystone Open, Colonial Classic and Pa. State Shoot drew more than 3,000 additional entries last year than they did when entering the new millennium in 2000.

Along with the advent of automatic traps and voice calls, ground improvements, the construction of shelters and the addition of a canopy to the front of the main building has made shooting and competing at the VGCC a pleasure for competitors and fans, Comroe said.

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