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Editor’s Picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend

"Wait, wait, wait!" I squealed as I ran around to the other side of my dad's 1970 Bronco and braced myself. "OK, I'm ready."

He turned towards the pond in the back of our 10-acre field in Missouri, raised the shotgun and fired. The intense sound echoed around the field.

"Your turn," my dad said. I hesitated.

I had asked him to teach me how to shoot a gun. Growing up in Missouri, I spent all my time as a child riding horses, playing with our 30-something barn cats and chasing goats off my mom's car. But I had never learned how to shoot a gun, and I figured my recent trip home was as good of a time as any. Last year, I went home for the most amazing country wedding. It was in a barn, they parked cars in the field next door and the bride and groom took wedding photos with a horse. The barn owner didn't have a liquor license, but it didn't deter these Missourians. Guests gathered around the backs of their trucks where coolers were stashed, passing around bottles and drinking beer. I had never tailgated at a wedding before, but it was just plain, unpretentious fun. It was then I decided that every time I went home, I would embrace my roots and let my Missouri flag fly because, why not?

I had just watched Anthony Bourdain shoot clay pigeons in Montana in an episode of "Parts Unknown" and figured this would be my Missouri adventure for this trip. But, as I looked at my great-grandfather's shotgun in my father's hands, I chickened out. It was too loud, and I was too scared.

I might not be the next Bourdain, ready to take on any cultural pastime, but I did head down to the local watering hole to take a swim in the river. I dried off just in time to get back to The Summit as things heat up this summer:

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