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VAN WERT — Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks would like to remind all the boys and girls of their annual Elks Soccer Shoot on Saturday, May 3. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1197 Elks Drive, Van Wert. The shoot will begin at 9:30 am.

The contest is open to both boys and girls and they will compete in four age groups: 7 and under; 8 & 9 year olds; 10-11 year olds and 12-13 year olds. Each contestant will kick 15 shots at the goal. Participants can wear their jerseys or shirts of choice, pants or shorts and appropriate footwear. Shin guards and protective gear are not necessary, but may be worn.

The winners of the local contest will compete at the Northwest District Soccer Shoot which will be held in Findlay, Ohio on Saturday, June 14. The district winners will advance to the State Contest which will be held in Coshocton, Ohio on July 26. The district winners who advance to the state competition will have over-night lodging provided for them and their immediate family by the Ohio Elks Association.

The rain date – only if pouring and/or lighting – will be May 10. Tom Lee is the lodge soccer chairman and in charge of the local event.