Farmers Bank & Trust hosted its fourth annual South Arkansas Outdoor Social on Sept. 28-30 in Columbia and Lafayette Counties. The multi-day event served as a fundraiser for the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation. The benefit consisted of a fishing tournament at Lake Erling and a free fishing derby at Southern Arkansas University on Friday, Sept. 29, followed by a competitive trap shooting tournament at the Farmers Bank & Trust Trap Shooting Range near McNeil, Ark., on Saturday, Sept. 30.
The overall winner of the trap shooting tournament was “Team Broke,” which consisted of Kameron Coles, Weston Faulk, Bill Lewis, Charlie Lewis, and Joseph Lewis. The champions received a cash prize and various individual gifts, including custom outdoor gear and coolers featuring Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation graphics.
All proceeds from the benefit went to the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation. The nonprofit organization serves as a fundraising arm of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. The auxiliary’s mission includes supporting conservation efforts throughout the state, as well as property acquisitions to help enhance fishing and hunting opportunities in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation also aids in enhancing youth interest in outdoor and recreational activities, education, and more.
In total, the benefit saw dozens of volunteers from Farmers Bank & Trust, Southern Arkansas University, and the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation participate to help make the South Arkansas Outdoor Social possible in 2023.