Archery club set for grand openingPublished 10:52am Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Updated 10:54am Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Group also hosting a 3D target shoot on July 26 and 27
When a few diehards got together in January and formed Lakes Area Archers Inc., there were less than 10 members. Six months later, club treasurer Rob Westby said there are more than 50.
The club expects that number to increase even more in the next few months, especially after it hosts its second 3D shoot and opens its clubhouse in Erdahl.
“I think a lot of people are waiting for the grand opening to jump on board as far as a membership,” Westby said.
The club’s 3D shoot event is set for July 26 and 27 and the clubhouse grand opening is scheduled for Aug. 1. With a few more weekends of work on the inside of the Erdahl clubhouse and some repairs to the roof, Westby said, it will be ready in plenty of time for the opening.
The club hosted its first 3D shoot on May 17 and 18 and Westby said it was a huge success. About 80 people attended the shoot, which cost $15 per entrant.
The upcoming July event will also have a $15 fee, with the money going toward the club. The shoot will take place behind the Erdahl clubhouse.
Finding a spot that is centrally located for members coming from places like Ashby, Fergus Falls and Elbow Lake was important, Westby said. His wife stumbled upon on an old church in Erdahl while searching online for locations and the price proved manageable for the group.
The 3D shoot and the grand opening will give people a chance to see the facility and potential join as members. Memberships cost $100 per family or $75 for an individual.
“We wanted a club where people could gather and enjoy shooting a bow together and have a place to make some friends,” Westby said.
Memberships will come with 24/7 access to the clubhouse, which Westby said should prove even more valuable in the winter when it is much harder to shoot outside. The club will also host 3D and paper target leagues beginning in January that will take them through the winter.
The paper target leagues are competed at 20 yards, so club members knew they needed at least that much space in the clubhouse. The old church is about 26 yards wall to wall, more than enough space to practice regulation target shooting.
The Lakes Area Archers gives people in the area a more convenient place to shoot than heading to Fargo or Parkers Prairie. Westby said club members are hoping to recruit people from the Alexandria area as well.
People of widely varying ages and experience levels are welcome to join, according to Westby. They hope to teach children the safe and correct way to use a bow and to provide a bonding environment for families.
Search for “Lakes Area Archers” on Facebook for more information on the club and upcoming events.