Fun for the whole family is in store next week at Mermet Fish and Wildlife Area as archers of all ages from around the country set their sites on life-size high-density foam animal targets during two archery tournaments June 25-30.
The 10th annual Superman Classic Archery Shoot will start off the week with competitions on June 25-27. Then, the Archery Shooter’s Association (ASA) begins its Illinois Pro-Am Tournament on June 28-30.
The range will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participants will shoot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with all scorecards submitted by 6 p.m. Spectators are welcome and advised to 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.
Superman Classic Archery Tournament traces back to 2003. Originally named the Mermet Lake Fish and Wildlife Area 20-Target Classic, the name was changed to the Superman Classic in 2007.
Sponsored by the City of Metropolis, pros and amateurs are eligible to shoot one to three days, once per day. There is a one-time entry fee of $20 with over $15,000 in combined prize money available. There will be a stake set for pros, one for amateurs and one for women. Shooters will be categorized based on their ASA Classes.
In honor of the Superman Classic’s 10th anniversary, the event on Friday and Saturday will also include laser tag, archery tag, a climbing wall and more.
ASA hosts seven tournaments throughout the year, and the Metropolis shoot is one of the largest archery competitions in the country. For several years, over 20,000 people have entered the Mermet Refuge during the event, and more than 1200 men, women and children have aimed their arrows for championship titles in several categories.
Rather than shooting at conventional bull’s-eye targets, competitors aim at 3D life-size, high-density foam animal targets. Resembling North American game animals, the targets are arranged in the woods in realistic settings in separate shooting lanes at unknown distances of 25 to 45 yards. Actual target zones, located on the flanks of the replicas, range in size from a nickel to a basketball.
On Friday, June 28, the ASA events begin with distance competitions, team shoots and other activities. The official competition begins on Saturday, June 29 and wraps up that Sunday afternoon with the facilities closing at 2:30 p.m. Other activities such as National Archery in Schools Program competitions, the ASA Coaching Clinic and Future Championship ASA Pro Sessions will take place.
Archers will be categorized based on his or her ASA class and will only be shooting against that class. Classes are based on skill level. Tentative classes to offered include: Bow Novice, Cross Bow, Hunter, Known Men’s, Limited Pro, Men’s Pro, Men’s Unlimited, Open A, Open B, Open C, Senior Open, Senior Pro, Super Senior, Women’s Open, Women’s Known, Women’s Hunter, Women’s Pro, Semi-Pro, Senior Women’s, Senior Masters, Traditional, Youth Adult Male, Youth Adult Female and XBow.
Youth classes are free with no cash awards. Tentative classes include Youth Girls, Youth Boys, Senior Eagle, Eagle and Junior Eagle.
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.
Residents, visitors and archers can wrap up their Friday and Saturday of archery with some hammin’ & jammin’.
The City of Metropolis Super City Blues & Ques Barbecue Festival is back this year, ready to bring those who attend a weekend of tasty barbecue and all the fixins as well as hot blues to keep everyone entertained.
This year’s Blues & Ques will be held Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis. Friday, around 5 p.m., several live bands will take the stage, with the music continuing until about 9 p.m. A beer garden will be located next to the stage. On Saturday, vendors will start selling at lunchtime, and the bands will start at around 1 p.m. and keep the park rocking until about 10 p.m., and the beer garden will also be open late.
A special section on the archery tournament will be published in the June 26 Metropolis Planet. A complete listing of events is available on www.metropolistourism.com. For more information about the archery tournaments, contact Chris McGinness at 524-4712 or Metropolis Tourism at 877-424-5025. For more information about Blues & Ques, contact City of Metropolis Parks and Recreation Director Pris Abell at 524-1696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.