World class cup format archery event this weekend

For the second year, rural Princeton will be home to a 50 meter archery competition with a world cup format.

The prelims will be Saturday, Aug. 11, and the finals the next day. Registration will be on Saturday for one hour starting at 8 a.m. after which the shooting will begin, says organizer Bob Christle of Princeton, who owns the site. The Sunday segment will start at 9 a.m. and go to 3 or 4 p.m., he says.

Signs will be on Highway 95 to drive about seven miles west of Princeton and then north about 1.5 miles on Mille Lacs County Road 7 to 55th Street and then west to the site. The event will feature only compound bows, with recurve bows scheduled to be added to next year’s shoot, Christle says. The event will have an amateur class, and a money class, trophies will be given in both classes. On site registration will be $75 for amateur, and $160 for money class.

Christle, a professional archer who participates in archery shoots around the United States, says that archery is a growing sport. There is no admission to attend the Princeton shoot and three big shade tents will be set up with seating for 80 spectators. People may also bring lawn chairs and sun tents to watch.

“It’s a big event for Princeton,” Christle added. He noted that archers are coming from across the country and have booked motel rooms in Princeton for this event, which is sanctioned by the National Field Archery Association.

Archers can rack up points during these events to vie for season-end point titles.

More information available at 612 221-5220.