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FARMINGTON - The out-of-state anvil shooter injured Saturday was scheduled to be released Monday. He was competing at The U.S. Championship Anvil Shooting competition at St. Paul Lutheran School.

Doug McDermott, Farmington Chamber of Commerce president said the man’s family was with him and he was still groggy but should go home Monday. He was seriously injured Saturday when the anvil fired prematurely. He was flown to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis by Air Evac. Four production assistants were also injured and all four were treated locally and released.

According to Farmington Fire Chief Todd Mecey the incident occurred when the anvil had an early ignition and ignited while the shooter and production crew were still close. The shooter received serious injuries to his left hand and other injuries. The incident happened about 1 p.m. Saturday.

“We appreciate all the competitors and adding to our festival this year. We wanted to thank all who helped out and for being there. Our first concern is the safety of the competitors and those around. We are glad he is better and will be heading home soon,” said McDermott.

The U.S. Championship Anvil Shooting finals were originally set to start at 6 p.m. Saturday and continued as previously scheduled on the grounds of St. Paul Lutheran School.

“Our concern was first and foremost with the injured competitor,” said McDermott.

“He is well respected and an institution in the anvil shooting community,” McDermott said.

The decision to continue was made jointly between event organizers and competitors.

“In any sport, there is inherent risk that competitors understand. We have and will continue to take every precaution to ensure safety for all involved,” McDermott said.

Some of the best shooters were in town for the weekend from around the nation to claim the national title of best shooter.

Events began Saturday morning at the field with the Farmington Black Knight Marching Band and Farmington Colorguard, the Farmington JROTC, the St. Paul Lutheran Cheerleaders, a prayer from Farmington Mayor Stuart “Mit” Landrum and words from Mr. and Mrs. Country Days and Farmington Chamber President Kevin Thurman.

The crowds packed in around the fence of the field to catch a glimpse of the competition and see what it was about.

The shooting began Friday with practice rounds ... more practice for the team hosting the event than the teams doing the shooting. Most of the shooters are veterans in the tradition and had no need to prove they know how to make 100 pounds of steel fly high.

Still yet, a “qualifier” round was held Friday afternoon to familiarize the shooting teams with the rules of the first-ever shooting competition in Farmington. The qualifier was held at Engler Park.

The Acme Anvils-Traditional from Columbia, MO were the winners of the U.S. Championship Anvil Shooting competition Saturday.

Maridee Lawson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 756-8927 or mlawson@farmingtonpressonline.com.

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