Archery contest, barbecue to raise money for Franklin Tech’s Fins, Feathers and Fur Club


Staff Writer

Published: 05-02-2023 7:25 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Carrying on a decades-old tradition, locals can shoot their shot to win a variety of prizes at Franklin County Technical School’s upcoming Fins, Feathers and Fur Club fundraiser.

The 22nd annual club fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, May 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the school, will feature an archery contest and a chicken barbecue catered by Greenfield’s Squadron 4 BBQ. Proceeds will go toward trip expenses and activities for the Fins, Feathers and Fur Club.

According to event organizer Mike Bombardier, the annual fundraiser has seen many variations, but has consistently been a major source of money for the club.

“It started off as a game supper,” he said. “It was really big. We were like the biggest game supper in the state.”

This year’s event will feature an archery contest where participants get five shots from a 10-yard distance and five shots from a 15-yard distance. Contestants will be split into youth and adult divisions. Equipment will be provided.

Dozens of local businesses have donated gift cards and other contributions as prizes. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, as well as a raffle to win prizes from local businesses.

The barbecue meal, to be held at 5 p.m. and included with the $25 ticket price, will feature barbecue chicken, different varieties of salad, honey cornbread and dessert.

Money raised will be put toward the Fins, Feathers and Fur Club’s deep sea fishing trip in Long Island, Bombardier said. He added that the club hopes to put some money toward building a proper “clubhouse” to use instead of continuing to repurpose an old garage behind the school.

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Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to contact Bombardier at

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