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March 27, 2009

Archery in Schools Tournament featured at 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic

The 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will feature the Fourth Annual DNR Archery in the Schools Tournament. The tournament is a culminating event for the Archery in the Schools program and 1st place teams in each category will be eligible for the National tournament. Schools from all parts of the state compete at the tournament.

The 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will be held March 27-29. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

The archery program is a joint venture between state departments of Education and Natural Resources. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education, physical education and participation in the life-long sport of archery. The program’s focus is to provide International Style target archery training in physical education classes grades 4-12. In South Carolina the archery program has grown from 10 pilot schools to 105 schools at the end of 2008. More than 200 teachers across the state have become certified to teach the program.

Classic-goers will find more than 300 exhibitors on site with the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale.

Other attractions for the 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic are The Comedy Canines, Okefenokee Joe (wildlife interpretation and field herpetology), Roark Ferguson (conservationist, herpetologist, and wildlife adventurer), Dennis Stratton (Truth about Whitetails), the Bass Tub, Short-Term Wilderness Survival, Captain Tom Siwarski (inshore fishing) and Joe Kelly’s display of North American Wildlife Collection and Southern Whitetail Collection. The DNR’s education staff and volunteers will also be on hand to help kids catch a fish at the highly popular SC Reel Kids Fishing Pond.
           
For more information on the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office at (803) 734-4008.
           
Admission to the 2009 Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is $6, and parking is $2. Seniors 60 and over get in for $5 while children 10 and under are admitted free. Visitors bringing five canned-food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank receive $1 off admission.
           
The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, WIS-TV, WCOS Radio, SportsTalkSC, Professional Printers, Bob Redfern's Outdoor Magazine, Huntin’ the World - Southern Style TV, eXmark and The State Newspaper. ATM services will be provided by B2E Mobile Financial.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.


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