The North Mississippi Archery tournament is scheduled to return to Coffeeville for the fourth year in March.
Yalobusha County Economic and Tourism District Developer Bob Tyler reported the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) scheduled the Multi-purpose Building in Coffeeville as the venue for the North State Qualifier for the AIMS (Archery in Mississippi Schools).
Tyler cited the strong support from county supervisors, citizen volunteers and personnel at the local Mississippi State Extension Service as the driving force behind MDWFP’s decision to return to Coffeeville.
Tyler also said the tournament length may be extended and include a fourth day of competition to make sure there is adequate time for all of the competitors.
“This thing has grown so fast and so large, we may have to add another day,” Tyler explained. Last year there were almost 2,400 students participating in the three-day tournament. AIMS hosts a north state qualifier and a south state qualifier before the final state competition each year.
AIMS is designed to introduce fourth-12th grade students to the sport of International-Style Target Archery as an extracurricular team sport. The program, which began in 2005 with 10 schools, is now over 500 schools in over 50 counties with more than 80,000 students participating each year. MDWFP is the driving force behind AIMS, according to the agency’s website. The website also reported that Mississippi students rank at the highest levels in both National and International Archery competitions each year.
“We are proud to be able to host this tournament another year,” Tyler added.