Bowfest returning, with safety guidelines in place

Ryan Juntti
Updated: July 22, 2020 11:46 PM

On Thursday, the "World's Largest Outdoor Archery & Music Festival" returns, and it's right here in the Northland. Crews spent most of the day Wednesday preparing for the fourth annual Bowfest at Mont du Lac Resort in Superior.


The four-day, 3D archery and outdoor music festival drew in over 6000 people last year, and organizers are expecting even more this year.

But this year's event will be different because of the pandemic.

In addition to bows, quivers, and arrows, archers are encouraged to add gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer to their arsenal.

"We have masks available for all of our guests. We have gloves available, sanitizer, and all that is available to everybody that's on site. Guests, vendors, sponsors, employees, everybody," said Mont du Lac Resort Sales & Marketing Manager Bridgette Duffy.

This is in addition to social distancing, which is encouraged at all times, and required during concerts.

"We will have spots marked out, so people will know where they can sit, set a chair, set a blanket, so that will be enforced during our concerts," Duffy said.

Temperature checks will also be required of everyone who attends the event.

Caleb Mannon of Duluth, who has attended Bowfest every year, says he isn't worried about being there, but adds he is going to try and keep his distance from others.

“I don’t have too many concerns. I think a lot of people are going to be kind of cautious about being close with people, and outdoor venue I think it should be pretty safe,” said Mannon.

Duffy says even during the pandemic, the event is set up to make sure everyone stays safe.

“Majority of our activities are outside, so I think that helps a lot of people ease their mind that they can spend the time outside, they can distance. We have 500 acres here, so there’s really no shortage of being able to find a spot outside,” Duffy said.

There will be over 60 different vendors showcasing the latest innovations in archery and hunting. There will also be musical performances from multiple bands. 

Masks are encouraged, but not required at the event.

Bowfest will run until Sunday.

More information about Bowfest is available here.


Ryan Juntti

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