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Army Rangers show off their skills
Camp Merrill holds open house Saturday
Army Rangers will display their weapons and techniques Saturday at their annual open house at Camp Merrill in Lumpkin County.

US Army Mountain Ranger Open House 2012

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5

Where: U.S. Army Camp Frank D. Merrill, 1 Camp Merrill, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega

More info: 706-864-3327

On Saturday some of the Army’s finest soldiers will demonstrate the skills and professionalism of the American Ranger for Camp Merrill’s Open House.

Equipment used by the U.S. Army Rangers will also be on display, including helicopters, night vision devices, weapons and parachutes.

Visitors will be able to see examples of the mountain phase of Ranger training and numerous displays.

Included in this year’s lineup of events will be hands-on displays of current U.S. Military equipment, aircraft fly-by and displays, military free fall parachute jump, Ranger’s in-action demonstration, combatives and mountaineering demonstrations, camo face painting and a climbing wall.

At 6 p.m. the Corbitt Brothers will perform in concert.

Also this year, the Mountain Ranger Run 5K and 15K will be starting and finishing at the vicinity of the Camp Merrill Gym and wind through the Chattahoochee National Forest in a hilly loop along nonpaved Forest Service roads and trails.

For the somewhat more adventurous crowd, the 34K Mountain Bike Race is challenging enough for advanced riders yet forgiving enough for beginners.

For more information on start times and registration for the races, visit