Archery, family, fun, history, prizes and partnerships. These are just a few words that describe the inaugural Wall Archery Day event held Friday, July 29th at the Wall Golf Course. There were over 75 attendees made up of youth and adults who came from Wall, Philip and Kadoka.
Three South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officers provided bows, arrows and targets for youth participants and taught archery technique and safety.
Adults could also enjoy Archery Day fun. Several adults brought their own bows and arrows, and thanks to the Bad River Sportsman’s Club, they were able to shoot 3-D targets.
As an additional education and entertainment component, Luke Hittner, National Grasslands Visitor Center Assistant Director, demonstrated the atlatl, an ancient hunting weapon.
Attendees entered a drawing for a chance to win either a 3-D target or one of two SCHEELS $50 gift cards, all donated by SCHEELS.
The idea for Archery Day came from Mayor Marty Huether. Aside from creating an event for community members to enjoy, another goal of Archery Day was to assess community interest in a permanent, 3-D, walking archery range.
“It was great to see the number of families out participating together in this great event,” Mayor Huether said. “I feel that a permanent range will provide individuals and families alike another activity they can enjoy for years to come and will be an added benefit to Wall and the surrounding area. Many thanks to all who helped make this possible!"
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If you would like to learn more about Archery Day, contact WEDC Executive Director Cheyenne McGriff at 605-279-2658 or [email protected].