SEVEN SPRINGS - Seven Springs Mountain Resort will host the 24th annual Rinehart International Bowhunting Organization's World Championship and Archery Festival on Aug. 7-10.
About 1,400 contestants from more than five countries will compete over the course of three days in 34 classes. At stake is $100,000 in cash and prizes and the coveted title of world champion.
"We are honored to have the IBO World Championships & Archery Festival return for its second year at Seven Springs," said Eric Mauck, Seven Springs CEO. "We look forward to welcoming the competitors and their families from all over the world and presenting them with a challenging course and a lifetime of memories."
"The IBO World Championship has proven to be the largest and most prestigious archery event of its kind," said IBO President Bryan J. Marcum. "We are pleased to return to Seven Springs. The resort's team has provided us with a challenging course, an outstanding facility and unparalleled customer service."
Twenty-four ranges will be created throughout the woods and along the ski slopes and trails at Seven Springs.
Throughout the course, there will be more than 400 3-D targets, about 20 targets per range. The life-size targets are designed to represent indigenous species such as black bear, white-tailed deer and turkey, as well as big game including boar, mountain sheep and predators.
Teams of four to five shooters are assigned a range each day where they fire from a designated spot at the targets. Precision is key, as the closer their arrow comes to the kill zone of the target, the higher the score.
The three day tournament begins with two qualifying rounds of 20 targets each - one round is shot each day, on Thursday and Friday.
The scores from the two days are combined, and the top five shooters in each class will continue on to the championship round, which will be held on Saturday.
Spectators are not permitted on the course during the qualifying rounds; however they are welcome during the championship round on Aug 10.
The event also includes an archery trade show that opens at 9 a.m. Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 10. The archery trade show is open to the public.
The resort also will host the Seven Springs Bowhunters Open during the championships.
The event welcomes shooters who will compete on the same courses and with the same targets as the World Championship. It will be a two-day event held Aug. 9-10.
The Seven Springs Bowhunters Open is open to archers of all ages and abilities with competitive classes for adults and youth.
For more information and to download a registration form, visit www.7springs.com/ibo.