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Panola Mountain to host its first archery tournament next week
by Christine Fonville
September 12, 2013 11:29 AM | 2605 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye. Panola Mountain Park Ranger and archery instructor Hannah Penn.
Staff / Katherine Frye. Panola Mountain Park Ranger and archery instructor Hannah Penn.
Henry County residents and visitors can take aim in the forests of Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge during an archery tournament scheduled for Sept. 21.

This will be the first archery tournament for the park.

Children as well as adults are invited to attend and participate.

“Anyone ages nine and up is welcome to come out and practice or shoot in the tournament,” Park Ranger and archery instructor Hannah Penn said.

The tournament will offer two categories of shooting – static, aka the traditional bulls-eye target style, and 3-D archery, which include animal-motif targets set up along a walking course.

Three levels, beginner, intermediate and expert, can compete in the competition.

“Shooting ranges will depend on level of experience and the targets may be positioned anywhere for 10 to 40 or more feet away,” Penn said.

Penn said she got the idea for the archery tournament due to the sport’s rising popularity, thanks to movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Brave.”

“[Archery] is an incredible sport because anyone, male or female, young or old, can learn how to do it and be really good at it,” she said.

She said access will be provided for participants with disabilities.

Onlookers who wish to watch but not participate in the tournament may do so without paying the tournament fee.

Signups are still available, within limits, according to park Publications Coordinator Linda Patrick.

“Walk-in registrations [on the day of the tournament] will be limited to spaces available,” she said in a statement.

Participants can print off an information and registration packet online.

The website is

The schedule and pricing for the event are as follows:

--8 a.m. registration, T-shirt pick-up and raffle entries begin

--9 a.m. practice on the static range begin

--10 a.m. tournament and kid’s fun shoot begin

--Kid’s fun shoot:$15

--3-D or static shoot: $30

--3-D and static shoot: $40

Payments can be made at the nature center located in the park or by phone.

Acceptable payment forms are cash, check or credit and debit card.

Archers may bring their own equipment or rent a bow and arrows from the park.

Prizes for the event will include archery equipment donated by local sporting stores and raffles prizes will be provided for participants as well as onlookers.

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