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South Dakota city prepares for world archery competition

December 16, 2017

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Officials in southeastern South Dakota are preparing to host the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships in February, and they’re applying lessons from two years ago.

The National Field Archery Association’s Easton Yankton Archery Center and the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce are working together to put on next year’s national indoor archery competition in Yankton.

The two entities already hosted the world archery competition for youth in 2015, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported.

“Everybody else has been through this once before,” said Kasi Haberman, director of the Yankton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “I think there’s a sense of calm in knowing that they kind of know what they’re in for, whereas last event, there was a lot of anxiety as far as how they’re going to pull all of this stuff off.”

But officials said there are big differences between the two events.

Nancy Wenande, director of public relations at the archery center, said, “with this being an indoor tournament, there’s a whole different set of standards and equipment that gets used that’s different than the outdoor tournament.” Wenande said they had to build new target stands to meet the World Archery standard dimensions.

She said the groups realize the importance of community involvement in the event after having 800 volunteers help out in 2015.

“We’re finding a lot of partners in the community who are wanting to help us out with the event,” Wenande said. “The plans are coming together.”

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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