GLENDO – It was cold, gray and wet at the Glendo Youth Archery Day, but several brave souls made the trip anyway.
Glendo State Park built an archery target range last year along with a 3-D archery trail with a $20,000 donation from Converse County SFW. After the course was built, they spent the remaining funds on archery equipment for kids to borrow. Eighteen bows (left-handed too), arrows and quivers are available for both children and adults to try out the sport.
Last Saturday morning, the park invited archery instructors Eric and Michell Anderson to be on hand to give tips and help kids shoot with the proper form. Families arrived to shoot, bundled up against the weather but eager to try their aim.
“It’s a cool challenge and is fun to do, even doing it standing in the rain,” said participant Parker Bartlett there with his younger brother and cousin.
The course is included in the fee to the park and there isn’t an extra charge to use the equipment. It is located behind the dump station and across the road from the park headquarters where you can check out the equipment. Just keep driving up the hill until you see the course on the right. If you get to the Two Moon Campground, you’ve gone too far and should turn around.
The target range has four targets in varying distances. The trail has 20 different 3-D targets including a wolverine, dinosaur and even a sasquatch. The trail will be permanently created this summer after just having a temporary one last year as a trial run. The 3-D targets will be up from May until September and then taken in during the winter months.
The Park is celebrating 60 years this year and there will be several events to commemorate the milestone kicking off with a celebration on June 9. It will be held at the pavilion at the Two Moon Campground.