Yankton officials excited to host archery event
YANKTON (AP) — Officials say they put two years into successfully luring an international youth archery competition to Yankton, and they're eager to get to work on planning the details.
World Archery's executive board announced earlier this week that the National Field Archery Association Easton Yankton Archery Center will host the 2015 World Youth Championships. Yankton beat out several other locations including Mexico City. The tournament next June 8-14 is expected to draw about 600 competitors from 60 countries, the Daily Press & Dakotan reported.
"This puts Yankton on a whole other level," Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmen Schramm said. "This is way beyond anything we've ever done before. It's going to take a great deal of coordination just to get the community prepared."
Officials will need to plan events for the competitors, get the business community ready to deal with an influx of international visitors and accommodate people who sell archery goods.
Mayor Dave Carda said Yankton officials have been doing the groundwork for such a tournament by attending archery trade shows and events in recent years.
"Ten years ago, who would have ever thought this would have been here?" he said. "The NFAA moving to Yankton gave us such a great opportunity to put ourselves on the map."
The NFAA is headquartered at the Yankton archery center.
Event manager Nancy Wenande said she expects tournament participants to be interested in tourist attractions around South Dakota.
"We want to make sure everybody understands this is not just about Yankton," she said. "It's about the entire state."
The World Youth Championships are held every two years. The last two tournaments were in China and Poland. The last U.S. city to host was Ogden, Utah, near Salt Lake City, in 2009.