After a 20-year career in the air national guard, Britton Shaw still couldn’t get enough of the sky. So, he founded River Valley Paragliding to share his passion with new students. Whether soaring over local river bottoms or catching gusts of wind from atop Heavener Mountain, he performs and oversees solo and tandem flights, giving his charges hands-on experience in the air.
A gorge filled with foam, a mountain made of tires, and a system of endless mud rivers—it’s not the nightmare of a man hoping to pogo stick across America, but a 5K obstacle course. Participants in The Hillbilly Porkchop Roundup start the day by picking up their swag bag stocked with a racing bib, t-shirt, and chip timer before lining up for an individual or team race. They'll then wind their way through 16 muddy obstacles where the object is to not only garner the best time, but to rescue the largest number of plastic pigs scattered throughout the course. After swinging through the hillbilly high bars and navigating the teetering tire bridge, runners dive into the muddy pig crawl before inadvertently hosing off in streams of a super soaker water canon.
Visitors waiting for their own circuit, or toweling off after a run can check on the kid’s in the 1-mile race, critique the eats at the State BBQ Championship, or fix their hair in the reflective chrome of a car show.
Classes and live-fire training take place at THOR Global Defense Group, which houses a 40-meter pistol bay.
THOR Global Defense Group rents semiautomatic pistols such as a 9-millimeter Glock 17. Ear and eye protection are available as well. If needed, students should request a rental pistol at the time of registration.
Knesek Guns Inc is an online destination for all things firearms. Handguns, rifles, shotguns?the staff sells them all, along with accessories, such as laser scopes. Knesek's team doesn't just exist in the virtual world, though. Firearms instructors work out of different ranges, where they train in safe handgun use and help people meet the requirements for concealed-carry permits.