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Over 1900 Expected To Compete In Archery Tournament

A conservation officer with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks provides instruction during last year’s North Mississippi Archery Tournament. The tournament returns to the Multi-purpose Building in Coffeeville again this year and over 1,900 archers are expected to compete.

By Bob Tyler
Director of Yalobusha County
Economic Development and Tourism District 

 We are happy to announce that Yalobusha County will again host the North Mississippi Archery Tournament. We had 1,465 archers last year and we are told that we might have 1900-plus this year. That, of course, means we will also have a much larger number of fans from across north Mississippi. A number of other communities wanted the tournament but the event is coming back to Yalobusha County because the County’s Multipurpose Complex is an excellent venue for archery competition and because our local people exhibited outstanding hospitality last year.

  Our county supervisors have again made the Multipurpose Complex available for the event and they also prepare the facility for the event, including the pounding and smoothing of the arena floor.  Local organizations and businesses are again supporting the event and volunteers are coming forward from across the county.

 Coffeeville’s Chamber of Commerce has made another generous donation and Water Valley’s Chamber of Commerce has done the same. Mechanics Bank is on board again and Larson’s Piggly Wiggly is helping again this year. Members of our Yalobusha County Economic Development and Tourism District are the actual planners and organizers of the event. Pamela Redwine, Allyson Coleman and Lisa Dudley of Mississippi State Univer-sity’s Extension Service are key players in the advance work and the coordination of the event. The Yalobusha Home Makers Club is involved and members of the 4-H Shooting Sports organization will operate the concession booth.

 Terry Varner, Administrator of Yalobusha General Hospital, is assigning first aid staff to the event, and Sheriff Lance Humphreys’ officers will provide security. Elected officials at every level are supporting the tournament. The North Mississippi Herald and the Coffeeville Courier are integral parts of the tournament, as they are parts of all our economic development, tourism, and educational efforts.

  As I thank the county supervisors and all donors, volunteers and supporters, I am speaking on behalf of members of the Yalobusha County Economic Develop-ment and Tourism District; the officials of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; and members of the Board of the Foundation for Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The Foundation is actually the statewide sponsor of Mississippi’s Archery in the Schools Program.

  Mississippi Archery in the Schools Program is associated with the National Archery in the Schools Program. Mississippi  is one of more than forty states offering archery, both as segments of the physical education curriculums and as competitive school teams. Mississippi’s Department of   Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks partnered with the State’s Department of Education as they began the archery program.

  That partnership is a requirement to hold membership in the National Archery in the Schools Program. Waldo Cleland, Director of the Mississippi Archery in the Schools Program, oversees our tournament and he also coordinates the National Archery Championship Tournament. Waldo is a five-time national archery champion. He reports that we now have 55,000 Mississippi boys and girls participating in archery. Mississippi was one of the first states to implement archery into school physical education curriculums and Mississippi was the first state  to establish competitive archery teams in the schools.

  Monday, March 30,  is setup day, with no competition taking place. Tuesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 1, are the shooting days, with shooting taking place from early morning until late each day. Teams and their followers will arrive and leave in staggered waves and the entire number of archers and followers will never be in the arena at the same time. The opening ceremony will take place about 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, and an awards ceremony with be held late Wednesday afternoon, April 1.

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