The Papago 900 – Halloween Shoot 2015 was held on October 31st at the Papago Park Archery Range. The morning began with a long line of archers that were anxious to get through the gates. Even with the slight delay, everyone got checked in and ready to begin shooting by 8am. The weather was gorgeous and the winds were calm all day.
Archers and spectators showed up in their Halloween costumes and festive apparel. We welcomed several new archers to the line this tournament and enjoyed helping them get a little tournament experience under their belts. The Yeoman bales were quick to catch on with each passing end thanks to the help of our awesome ‘support staff’. They all successfully completed the tournament with smiles and many had podium finishes. It was such a joy to watch the next group of youth archers diving into competitive archery.
The compound archers (cub-master divisions) tried out the new target set up with two 122cm – 5 ring targets on each bale. Everyone appreciated the extra room to shoot and easier scoring down range. All Master’s divisions were separated into 50, 60 & 70 year old divisions this tournament and will continue to be for the future.
We encountered a slight delay during our 3rd round due to some parking restriction issues. After a quick 10 minute break and some relocating of vehicles we were able to wrap up the final ends and conclude the shooting. While scores were being tallied, the costume contest was held. 3 different winners were determined based on cheers from the spectators & other archers.
We want to thank all of our volunteers that came out to help make this tournament possible. Thank you PAA club members that helped set up the range, Arvid Veidmark & Chris Amundsen for providing additional judging support, and Kerry Nickerson & Rick Bachman for their assistance on the Yeoman bales. The success of our tournaments rely on the support of the archers, the parents, coaches, spectators & tournament coordinators. We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you at the next Papago tournament!
We are currently working on compiling all of the photos that were taken during the shoot. A photo album will be added to the website within the next week.