By: The Lady Archer Lynne Frady
By: The Lady Archer
Lynne Frady

The mountains of Western North Carolina are beautiful in the spring.  Our mountains still hold a slice of Americana. People getting together to have a good time and to help others in the community. The 9th annual Broyhill “Cooking for the Kids” Festival was held on May 12 on the beautiful grounds of the Broyhill Baptist Home for Children in Clyde, North Carolina.    This event includes a 3-D archery shoot, car, truck and tractor show, motorcycle parade, live gospel music, cloggers, 5K road race, crafts, vendors and the list goes on.  One of the highlights of the event is the BBQ cook off.  Teams from across the area fix original recipes for everyone to enjoy.  Admission is free to the event, a small fee will get you a meal ticket to enjoy the great BBQ and all proceeds from the event benefit the children that live here at this amazing campus.

A beautiful place setting for the great event and home for these amazing children.

Jim and I have been involved with this event with donations over the years but have never been able to attend due to overlapping events.  It seems that this event is usually held the same weekend as our BOW event.  This year we not only got to attend but also shoot the 3-D archery shoot and Sky, our Labrador retriever, was invited and was more than happy to do a demonstration for the children on retriever work.  She made sure that she refreshed everyone with her water entry!

Sky working her magic and having a great time as the crowd cheered her on.

David Franklin, who Jim works with at Borg-Warner Turbo Systems oversees the 3-D shoot.  Jim is grateful to work for a company that is very involved in the community and supports their employees in their grass root organizations.  Even though the event is a one day event the 3-D shoot opened on Friday morning to give more people opportunity to shoot the course that winds through the fields and woods of the property.  Needless to say Jim and I enjoyed being back on a 3-D course and spending time with old friends we had not seen in a while and making new ones.

Lynne and Jim shooting the course.

Another one of Jim’s co-worker, Greg Wilson was there promoting his new broadhead company, Thorn Broadheads.  Greg along with some of his family members and their marketing company introduced their new broadheads at the ATA (Archery Trade Show) this year.

There is also a raffle for some really great products.  Jim and I donated archery products from QAD, Wildlife Research Center, Limbsaver, and Muzzy.  We also had free decals from  SportDOG Brand and Wildlife Research Center. We saw everything from a handmade gun cabinet to a kayak, they had something for everyone.

Jim Frady and Greg Wilson discussing all the great raffle items.

This annual event was a great time for all who attended. It’s safe to say that Jim, Sky and myself will attend this very special event next year if our schedule allows.  We believe that your best allies are your community. In the south we are raised to be an active member of our Church family and our community.   This year’s festival raised $41,275.73  this proves that those values are still very strong in our community and we are very proud to be a part of it.

Lynne with Sky the Wonder Dog.

Jim and I would like to thank Linda Morgan, Amanda Parton and the entire Broyhill staff for letting us be a part of this very special event.  Sky had a great time making new friends and looks forward to going back to see if she can lower the level of water in their pond.

David Franklin, Jim Frady and Greg Wilson.

Team Frady Sponsors:

Mathews Solocam Bows, Wildlife Research Center, Realtree Camo, Danner Boots, Sure-Loc Sights/Ferendyne, Quality Archery Designs, Last Chance Archery, Outdoor Edge Knives, SportDOG Brand, Borg-Warner Turbo Systems, Doinker Stabilizers

For more please go to: Lynne & Jim (Team Frady)