More than 6,500 student archers from across the state are expected to take aim March 29 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville as one of the largest school archery tournaments in the country kicks off.
The 2018 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament, which will take place March 29-31, brings together participants in the fourth through 12th grade to showcase their skills.
NASP, which originated in Kentucky, had its first tournament in 2002. Kentucky now hosts the largest state NASP tournament in the United States, only exceeded in size by the organization’s national tournament. The organization’s national tournament is set for May 10-12 in Louisville.
The Kentucky state tournament, in the North and South wings of the Kentucky Exposition Center, includes hourly flights of teams beginning at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern) each morning. Daily admission is $5 per person for spectators, with $8 charged for parking. The center is at 937 Phillips Lane.
In addition to the NASP bullseye tournament, the NASP/International Bowhunting Organization 3D Challenge state tournament will be in the East Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center where students shoot at 3D animal targets.
Spectators and archers also can take advantage of their down time to meet their range day requirements for Kentucky’s hunter education certification. The certification can be met by using an air rifle. Employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resource will set up an air rifle range in the Expo Center to help people meet these requirements.
Range day participants must complete the online course at www.fw.ky. gov ( search under the keywords “hunter education”) and bring a copy of their course completion voucher to the Expo Center. Participants must preregister for range day at www.register-ed.com/ programs/kentucky/121.
Range work will take 30- 45 minutes. Range hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30, and 9 a.m. until noon March 31.