Mermet Lake Fish and Wildlife Area, just outside of Metropolis, Illinois on U.S. 45, is a popular hunting and fishing destination, but once a year, it draws a different type of sportsman for one of the area’s largest tourism events in the region. But these sportsmen aren’t interested in the wildlife or fish – they are focused on a different kind of animal – a foam one. That’s because they are archers and will be shooting life-size high-density foam animal targets during two archery tournaments June 21-26, 2011.
The Superman Classic Archery Shoot will start off the week with competitions on June 21-23. Then the Archery Shooter’s Association (ASA) begins its Illinois Pro-Am Tournament on June 24.
ASA hosts seven tournaments throughout the year, and the Metropolis shoot is one of the largest archery competitions in the country. For several years, thousands of people have entered the Mermet Refuge during the event, and more than 1000 men and women have aimed their arrows for championship titles in several categories. The targets are designed to simulate a variety of hunting situations for archery enthusiasts.
Prize money is awarded for the top professional and amateur finishers each day in the warm-up event, the Superman Classic. This competition is sponsored by the City of Metropolis and Illinois Department of Natural Resources and features a $14,000 purse. Archers will be categorized based on his or her ASA class and will only be shooting against that class. There is a one-time $20 shooters fee that will cover up to three days of shooting. Participants will shoot from 9am-3pm daily with all scorecards submitted by 6 p.m.
On Friday, June 24, the ASA events begin with distance competitions, team shoots and other activities. The official competition begins on Saturday, June 25 and wraps up on Sunday afternoon. Other activities such as National Archery in Schools Program competitions, the ASA Coaching Clinic and Future Championship ASA Pro Sessions will take place.
The ASA Illinois Pro/Am Championship is a true archery festival with archery and outdoor manufacturers showing their newest and latest products, special seminars and presentations, youth programs and bow hunting activities for young and old. It also features a practice range and a chance to watch and meet some of the sport’s top professionals. These events will provide bow hunters the opportunity to talk and share experience with fellow archers, learn about the newest equipment and improve shooting skills.
Spectators are a big part of the archery tournament. Some spectators even bring their binoculars for better viewing of the competition. Drinks and food are also available to all who attend the tournaments. As with all outdoor summer events, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent are recommended.
The Archery Tournament is easily found by traveling just 11 miles north of Metropolis on U.S. 45. Or, check out: www.metropolistourism.com or call 800-248-4373.
Enjoy Southern Illinois!