- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Archers from around the world will be in Yankton next week for a world championship event.

The city is hosting the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships, with up to 1,000 people expected. The opening ceremony is Sunday afternoon, with competition beginning Monday and running through the following Sunday, the Daily Press & Dakotan reported (https://bit.ly/1MoKV1X ).

The Switzerland-based World Archery Federation announced last June that the National Field Archery Association Easton Yankton Archery Center would host the event. Yankton beat out several other locations, including Mexico City. The tournament is expected to draw about 600 competitors from 60 countries.

The budget for the nonprofit event is about $1.2 million, but how much will actually be spent on certain elements won’t be known for some time, tournament manager Nancy Wenande said.

“A lot of this is still, literally, changing day by day as far as the numbers that we’re quoted for who’s eating the meals, transportation - we are in the process of booking all of the buses right now,” she said.

The city doesn’t expect to make any money off the event, according to Wenande.

“We’re actually trying to minimize the amount we will probably lose and hoping that we will break even for the tournament,” she said.

The World Youth Championships are held every two years. The last two tournaments were in China and Poland. The last U.S. city to host was Ogden, Utah, near Salt Lake City, in 2009.


Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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