The Doc Wharton Annual Rendezvous, honoring the late Dr. Tom Wharton, is held every year in mid September (in normal times). It is an outdoor event held at the club to allow the members and their guests to enjoy what the club has to offer.
The rendezvous typically features a black powder shoot, dueling trees, gun raffle, and pig roast. Doors open at 9:30AM, with the black powder shoot.
At the black Powder “turkey” shoot, certificates are awarded to the best shots in each round. The shooter closest to the center “X” in each competition wins. The certificates are redeemable for a turkey at the local supermarket. All shooters are allowed two practice shots at the start of the shoot. Entrants are given two shots at the target in each round. There are separate competitions for guns with iron sites and for guns with optics. Individual rounds will take place at the 25 yard, 50 yard, and 100 yard houses. Don’t own a black powder firearm or don’t know how to load or shoot a black powder firearm? Come to the shoot anyway. There will be loaner firearms available as well as instruction in their use.
The black powder shoot has been accompanied by many other events, including a whole pig roast, knife throwing, hatchet throwing, kid’s air gun shoot, archery, and dueling trees. There also has been an ESC Trading Post, which will feature local vendors. The ESC Trading Post is also where members are invited to buy/sell/trade their wares.