By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Country music star Aaron Tippin will be the special guest and will participate in the Oakley-Lindsay Foundation Sporting Clays for Scouting event Wednesday at Heartland Lodge.
"It's very important to me that I support the Scouts. I grew up in the Scouts," Tippin said.
This is the 13th year for sporting clays fund-raiser, sponsored by Allied Waste Services. The event is a major fund-raiser for the Mississippi Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Fred Cory, the event coordinator, said Tippin plans to sing "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" at the sporting clays event. Tippin also has donated a special release Ovation guitar decorated especially for Tippin's song "Working Man's Ph.D.," to be auctioned after the shoot.
Cory said this will be the largest sporting clays event by far. A limit of 96 shooters was observed in previous years. This year 125 shooters have signed up and extra target stations are planned to accommodate more teams.
Tippin will be shooting the course as well. He also plans to participate in a turkey hunt at Heartland Lodge.
"He's really an outdoorsman. At one time he owned some gun stores and he's an avid turkey hunter," Cory said.
Tippin said he got outdoor skills such as camping, hiking, aquatics and backpacking from his early years in Scouting.
Tippin, 53, became a nationally known performing artist in 1990 when he recorded "You've Got to Stand for Something." Since then he's recorded several No. 1 singles and has a number of gold albums.
He has visited Afghanistan and Iraq to perform for U.S. troops.
"There's not much that can top that feeling," Tippin said.
"Patriotism is a badge I wear proudly and have carried with me throughout my career ... where I sing about what I know about most -- strong family ties and hard work," Tippin said.
Tippin launched his own NIPPIT Records label in 2005. He and his wife, Thea, are avid nutrition and exercise promoters.
Sporting clays shooters will begin a light lunch at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, and be on the course at 1:30 p.m. After the competition, a steak supper will be served and an auction will be held.
Cory said those who wish to attend the meal at a cost of $30 need to register with the Boy Scout office at 224-0204.