First DARE Buddy Bass Tournament slated

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"This is the first DARE bass tournament fundraiser for us, and we're really looking forward to it," said Sheriff Mick Epperly. "The first flight is set to leave around 7 a.m."

The first DARE Buddy Bass Tournament to benefit the Barry County DARE program is slated to get underway on Saturday, April 6, at the Cape Fair Marina.

DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is taught to students at Shell Knob, Exeter, Washburn, Wheaton, Exeter, Purdy and Southwest schools in Barry County. Deputy Larry Stockton, of the Barry County Sheriff's Office, is the certified DARE instructor for the local program.

Cost of entry is $40 per team or boat. Take-off and weigh-in instructions will be available at the marina.

The Barry County Sheriff's Office has been involved in delivering the DARE program in area schools since 1991 and was first taught by Dana Kammerlohr. The DARE program is a 10- week life skills program taught to sixth graders by trained police officers.

Epperly said it takes approximately $5,000 a year to fund the officer and educational supplies for the classes.

"I have a reserve officer that works at the marina who got together with Larry and they thought this would be a fun way to help fund the program," Epperly said. "A lot of schools are dropping out of the DARE program, but I honestly think it's the only hope for some of these youngsters."

Registration applications and tournament rules can be picked up at the Barry County Sheriff's Office, located at 505 East St. in Cassville, or at the Cape Fair Marina, located at 1500 Shadrack Rd. in Cape Fair.

Registration forms and tournament rules may also be downloaded from the Barry County Sheriff's Office website at http://www.barrycountysheriff.com under the community outreach tab.

In the event of inclement weather, the tournament will be rescheduled.

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