National archery tournament returns to Louisville
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National archery tournament returns to Louisville

August 10, 2019


RE SUCCESSFUL. NATALIE GRISE HAS MORE. NATALIE: ONCE A YEAR, MORE THAN THREE MILES OF YELLOW TAPE AND THOUSANDS OF KIDS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TURN THE FAIR AND EXPO CENTER INTO THE WORLD’S LARGEST ARCHERY RANGE.>>I LIKE HOW THERE IS SO MANY PEOPLE HERE. YOU GET A BUNCH OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT STATES, AND YOU GET TO SEE HOW POPULAR THAT THIS IS BECOMING. NATALIE: EVERY 75 MINUTES, A NEW SET OF 740 KIDS STEP UP TO THE LINE AND SHOOT. THE FLIGHTS GO ALL DAY, WITH ARCHERS FROM FOURTH GRADE THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL.>>WE’VE NEVER BEEN TO NATIONALS. SINCE SIXTH GRADE, I’VE NEVER BEEN TO ANYTHING LIKE THIS. NATALIE: YOU’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE?>>NO. NATALIE: WHAT WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE AS?>>AWESOME. IT’S JUST WONDERFUL. NATALIE: THE EVENT STARTED IN MERCER COUNTY, KENTUCKY IN 2002 WITH JUST 40 KIDS. NOW THERE’S PARTICIPANTS FROM 42 STATES, INCLUDING ALASKA.>>WE LIVE IN A FLY IN ONLY AREA, SO WE HAVE TO TAKE FOUR FLIGHTS TO GET DOWN HERE. WE FUND RAISE ABOUT $35,000 A YEAR TO TAKE OUR TEAM DOWN. NATALIE: WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT YOU ALL TO BE AT THIS EVENT?>>IT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS IS A SPORT UNLIKE ANY OTHER. YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUN THE FASTEST, JUMP THE HIGHEST, OR BE THE STRONGEST TO BE A GOOD ARCHER. NATALIE: THE SPORT CONTINUES TO GROW BECAUSE IT IS SO INCLUSIVE. LAST YEAR, THE EVENT HAD RECORD WITH MORE THAN 12,000 ARCHERS. THIS YEAR, IT’S GROWN TO MORE THAN 13,000. NATALIE: MODE —

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