LACONIA — Soon those who yearn for some action-packed fun will to able to try their skill running around an outdoor course, firing colorful paintball rounds at goggle-clad opponents, and ducking for cover.
Laconia Paintball is scheduled to open this month, according to its owner Edward Elfar.
The range is located on land off Endicott Street North (Rte. 3), diagonally across the highway from Funspot and the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society.
Elfar said Laconia Paintball will be the first paintball range in the Lakes Region. He expects that fact alone will attract both local residents and vacationers to the range for the survival-game experience.
Elfar estimated the overall size of Laconia Paintball's range at between four and six acres. He said that there will be two or three fields for game play.
Describing himself as a "business investor", Elfar said that he has retained the services of two consultants with lots of experience in the paintball field to help develop Laconia Paintball into a high-quality operation. He also stressed that the range will have all the necessary safety features.
The origins of paintball are often traced to the early 1980s, when a group of friends repurposed some agricultural paintball shooters (used by farmers to mark things such as trees and livestock) for a capture-the-flag-like game.
Elfar said Laconia Paintball will be open seven days a week through Labor Day. He said plans are for the range to be open on weekends during the fall foliage season. How far into the season the range will be open will depend on the volume of business, he said.
In addition to individual players Elfar said that he is also working to schedule time for summer youth camps which might be interested in having campers have a paintball experience.
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