More than 800 shooters are confirmed, and nearly 1,000 competitors are expected for the Minnesota State Archery Association’s State Indoor Tournament, set for April 7-8 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, 525 Brooks Ave. N., Thief River Falls.
“We should be real close to that 1,000 mark,” said Dana Klos, a member of the Thief River Falls Archery Club. “It should be a fun event.”
This is the first time Thief River Falls has hosted the state shoot, Klos said. The event was held in Warroad, Minn., in 2001, and Bemidji hosted last year’s state shoot, Klos said. The state shoot is open to archers of all ages, and “everything from recurves to compounds to bare bow and sights — whatever,” Klos said.
The influx of participants means lodging space is at a premium, Klos said.
“We’ve rented every room in town, and a lot of them are going to Grand Forks and Crookston to get a room,” he said.
Events also will be held in the adjacent Huck Olson Memorial Arena as part of the shoot, Klos said.
In addition to the archery competition both days, the Red River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever will present a $2,000 check to the local archery club at noon April 7 to help support the club’s after-school youth archery program, Klos said.
“That’s going to be a great thing for us and for the kids,” Klos said. “It’s all coming together. It’s going to be a big event.”
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