The Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky will host the largest archery event in the world in 2011. On May 13, 14,2011 teams from 34 states will compete for more than 300 teams and individual medals, trophies , banners, and plaques. Three hundred ninety three schools will fill more than 400 team slots with total participation eclipsing the 2010 world record attendance of 6784. With a few days to the close of registration on April 25, 6956 boys and girls from 4th-12th grades have registered. Every team registered for the tournament qualified for these NASP® Nationals at their state's tournament.
NASP® is a coed activity and this year 33% (2787) of the registered participants are girls. Teams and their parents, coaches, sponsors, and fans will fill local hotels and restaurants for several days. "Flights" of shooters will dominate the more than 1250 feet ( also a world record) target range inside the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center starting Friday morning, May 13, at 9:00 am. Competition will conclude on Saturday night, May 14 at about 6:00pm with the "Scholarship Shoot-Off" and awards ceremony.
The event is open to the public. Children over the age of 12 and adults are five dollars general admission and this provides access to more than 40 exhibitors on the show floor. Exhibits range from archery related businesses to " adventure tourism" activities. This year the exhibit floor and the tournament are co-sponsored by the Kentucky Tourism Development Cabinet and its Adventure Tourism section.
NASP® conducts this event with tremendous support from host partner the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. NASP® also partners with 47 state fish and wildlife agencies and the District of Columbia in this the 8th National tournament. NASP® sponsors, the National Field Archery Association and Morrell Manufacturing are providing much of the equipment and targets to build this mammoth indoor archery range. NASP® began with twenty one Kentucky middle schools in March 2002 and has grown to nearly 9000 schools and two million student archer athletes this school year. This year's tournament will be conducted with more than one hundred volunteers.
A press conference and briefing will occur on Friday, May 13 at noon at the South wing of the Exposition center.
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