Up North: Competitors aim for fun, safe competition at 4th annual BowFest

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: July 29, 2020 10:53 PM

For four days the grounds at Superior's Mont du Lac Resort were covered in 3D targets and thousands of archers for BowFest. 

"You get a lot of people that come up here. The targets are very realistic for hunting," said Northland archer Blair Rawlings.

To assure the fourth annual event could go on, organizers helped guests hit the bullseye on health and safety, providing hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves, which were recommended but not mandatory.

Bridgette Duffy, the sales and marketing manager at Mont du Lac, said their large site worked well for social distancing. 

"We have so much property here that we're able to space everything out. We have people giving out hand sanitizer and we have sanitizer on the courses as well. For our concerts every night, for the headliners, we have mandatory social distancing. 

Luckily for visitors inclement weather held off for most of weekend. That allowed over 6,000 competitors to take full advantage of the festival's four courses and around 60 targets.

From pro classes to amateur classes archers could shoot for cash prizes or just for fun.

Last year the event hit the mark for Northlanders Blair and Lisa Rawlings, so they returned for their second BowFest with their grandson Hayden Anderson. 

Anderson said he enjoyed the competition because the course "[has] good targets [and is] good exercise to walk through."

After adapting to some of the health changes, including the lack of public access to water on the course, Anderson and the Rawlings said they had a great time walking through the various vendors and listening to the evening musical entertainment.

"I mean the weather was beautiful. Last night was awesome with Hairball, [there was a] great crowd and they sounded good. It's kind of nice to see live music again," said the Rawlings. 

If BowFest sounds appealing Duffy said Mont du Lac does plan to host the event next year, and competitors of all ages are welcome to take their shot at the 3D deer, owl and bear targets. 

"It's very family friendly. We love to have the kids here and see them out shooting. As far as classes for our amateur and pro divisions for the Organization of Professional Archery (OPA), we have a men's senior pro a pro class. So we have people of all ages going out on the courses and shooting throughout the weekend," Duffy said. 

For more information on BowFest, click here.


Alicia Tipcke

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