Yankton Community Hosts Archery Championship
YANKTON, SD (KCAU) — Hundreds of the world’s best archers gathered in Yankton on Saturday for the Archery Field Championship.
Yankton has the largest archery facility in the world, and for two days the championship competition not only brings positive economic impact, but also events for all to enjoy.
“The last two days, Saturday and Sunday, we have the championship, all the head-to-head competition to determine the teams today and all the individual shooters tomorrow,” said Bruce Cull of World Championship Field Archery, “[…] and on top of that we have Archery Fest which is an event open and free to the public where we have all there is to do in archery and great food vendors. Just a good fun time for everyone.
Yankton Mayor Stephanie Moser told KCAU 9 the competition has a similar structure to the Olympics with matches for first, second, third, gold, silver and bronze.
“So I’ve been coming to Yankton since 2005,” said Archer World Champion Paige Pearce, “I was 10 at the time, and they hosted one of the first NFFA Nationals here, [it’s] It was pretty amazing to come here for normal professional events but also for world level events, world championships, it’s quite special.
Cull said the contest provides an opportunity for the community and the tri-state area to show global competitors “Midwestern hospitality.”
“And hosting these tournaments just has a huge economic impact for our community,” Mayor Moser said, “These archers as soon as they get out of the place, we take care of everything, we transport them, we infants they stay in town they go shopping here so to be able to have a facility like this to host world class events from countries around the world is really huge for our community and has really put us on the map in the world of archery.
Cull said while it’s the venue that brings attention to the town of Yankton, it’s the right people that make the event impactful.
“We strive to get people involved in archery, whether they just want to do it for fun if you’re looking to hunt with a bow, or whether you want to do it competitively, learn how to do it. do, you can do everything here,” said Mayor Moser.