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Sportsmen's Club opens new archery range
The Sportsmen's Club on Bainbridge Island is aiming for a greater range of offerings with its newest archery attraction.
An open house for the club's newest addition, an archery range, will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.
State Sen. Christine Rolfes is expected to officially open the range by cutting the ribbon at the club at noon.
The new indoor and outdoor archery range will widen the scope of offerings at the Sportsmen's Club, which also offers ranges for pistols and rifles.
"The completion of the archery range is a major accomplishment for the club and marks a new chapter in our history," said Alan Kasper, Sportsmen's Club president.
"We are so excited by the number of kids our youth archery program has attracted and the families it is bringing into the club," he added. "It is so rewarding to see different generations come in and engage in a sport together. We hope islanders of all ages will come see us on Saturday to see the facility and try out our equipment."
The range is funded by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
The open house will include an archery contest to see who can pop the most balloons; the competition is open to both youth and adults. There will also be free use of the range for anyone eager to give archery a try.
And if archery isn't enough to attract islanders, there will also be free cake.
The club has already given the range a test run with a day-long camp with archery classes for youth 7 to 14. The youth event was so successful, the club is already planning more archery camps as well as courses for adults.
The Sportsmen's Club was founded in 1929 by groups of hunters, fishermen and conservationists on Bainbridge Island.
In addition to firearms ranges, the club also offers services for hunters and fly fishers.
More information on the Sportsmen's Club can be found at www.bainbridgesportsmensclub.org. The youth archery program also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YouthArchery.