Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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July 14, 2013

'The Virginian' appearance draws fans


While Drury hasn’t acted for several years, he makes about 30 public appearances a year, even though he is approaching 80 years old.

“It’s very gratifying to me that people still watch the show,” he said. The show is shown several times a week on the Inspire channel.

“It’s particularly gratifying that young people are watching the show now,” he added. “Westerns are a morality play where good triumphs over evil.

“Young people can’t get that message anywhere else.”

Drury was drawn to Effingham through his friendship with area horseman Tom Hennigh.

“I’ve known Drury for a long time,” Hennigh said. “He was coming through anyway.

“This was sort of a test to see if we would have enough people participate,” he added. “If there is, we might bring him back again next year.”

Sportsman’s Club president Lyle Kruger said Drury’s appearance was an opportunity to showcase the club, which is located on a dead-end road east of the Lake Sara dam.

“We’re one of the best-kept secrets in Effingham County,” Kruger said. “But this event has drawn shooters from several states.”

Visitors were treated to an authentic cowboy shoot, as well as whip and knife demonstrations.

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