Youths participating in the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) program will be demonstrating archery during Vevay Main Street’s August 2 “William Tell” First Friday. Sponsored by Switzerland County Tourism, the event takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the empty lot beside Ladies’ Bizarre on 316 Ferry Street. In case of inclement weather, the demonstration will be moved to the Jeff-Craig Fire Station.
In conjunction with the Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial theme, it is said that 700 years ago William Tell shot an arrow through an apple placed on his son’s head and launched the struggle for Swiss independence. Archers will be targeting freestanding apples though a portion of the First Friday demonstration.
An organization sponsor, Tom Stricker of Cutting Edge Sporting Goods in Greensburg and 12 participating youths are donating their time and efforts to showcase the NASP program slated to debut at Switzerland County High School. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will also be on hand. The public is invited to observe the students and ask questions about the organization. Nationwide, nearly 10 million young men and women are involved in NASP.
Matt Hicks, Indiana Conservation Officer, is overseeing the program in the Switzerland County school system. According to the NASP website, the program promotes “international-style target archery as part of the in-school curriculum, to improve educational performance and participation in the shooting sports among students.” For more information about NASP program in Switzerland County schools, contact Hicks at email@example.com or at (812) 599-1490.
Clint Anders will be demonstrating bow and arrow making inside the Switzerland County Visitors Center at 128 West Main Street in Vevay. Anders became interested in traditional archery five years ago and has been making bows and arrows ever since.
A collection of Swiss Wine Festival posters throughout the years will also be on display inside the Visitors Center.
Vevay Main Street’s First Friday are held monthly rain or shine and feature late night shopping, dining, specials, live entertainment and free carriage rides around downtown Vevay.
For more information on county lodging, businesses and tourist activities, contact the Switzerland County Visitors Center at (812) 427-3237 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can be found at http://www.switzcotourism.com or Switzerland County Tourism-Vevay, IN on Facebook.
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