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Up North: Participation Peaks at 2019 Bowfest

Updated: July 31, 2019 10:40 PM

Mont Du Lac in Superior, Wisconsin marked the bullseye for everything archery related as the resort hosted its 2nd Annual Bowfest. The four-day event featured 3D archery, an outdoor musical festival, and even a cash prize this year.

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Bowfest 2019 was the place to be for archery enthusiasts.

"This is one of the biggest east coast festivals. There's 6,000 to 8,000 people here shooting and we had to get in on it," said Robert Eckles with ArrowTech Archery out of Roseville, California.

Growing from hundreds of attendees to thousands in one year, the event not only brought in vendors from all over who were showcasing some of the latest technology but some of the best archers in the country.

"I was here last year and just kind of hanging out and shooting for fun," explained professional archer Levi Morgan. "Then this year, they put $10,000 on the line," he added.

The addition of the money shoot with thousands of dollars on the line amped up the level of competition. It convinced pros like Chance Beaubouef to make the trek from Tennessee to Wisconsin to participate for his first time.

"It's been an awesome venue the way it's set up," said Beaubouef. "People can actually come and watch the tournament and what I do for a living."

Although they take it very seriously, the music and the venue helps them let loose when it's all over.

"It's a different feel you know. You're serious out shooting on the range, but then you get to kind of relax and catch up with your friends.

The event is not just for the pros.

"I'm practicing so I can start to bow hunt in a year or two," said Piper Rice.

Rice was aiming at the pop-up targets to make sure she's ready to take her skills to the woods.

"These targets are fun because it kind of imitates how you see an actual animal coming up randomly," she added.

Visit their website to learn more about Bowfest.

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