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Yankton, SD 57078


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Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

Nugent Camp, Other Events Highlight Busy Weekend

The future of archery in the Yankton area will take shape in more ways than one Saturday.

In addition to the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids that will teach youth about archery and many other outdoor activities, Yankton officials will also kick off an effort to get the community designated as a Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) by the United States Olympic Committee.

The archery-related events are just one highlight among many that will take place in and around Yankton this weekend, including the Rockin' RibFest, the Rescues and Runways fundraiser/fashion show, the Old-Time Fiddle Contest and Jamboree, and the Chan Gurney Municipal Airport Fly-in/Drive-In Breakfast.

Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be at the National Field Archery Association facility on Yankton's eastern edge at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to speak about the state's support of what is being called the “NFAA Easton Yankton Olympic Pursuit.” Greg Easton of the Easton Sports Development Foundation, as well as local political figures, will also be on hand.

Following the announcement, archer Frank Addington Jr., who is able to hit an aspirin with an arrow, will put on a short performance. Finally, legendary rocker Ted Nugent will speak and possibly play some music.

If Yankton is approved as a CODP, NFAA President Bruce Cull said an effort will then be made to secure funding for the infrastructure necessary for such a development.

“My goal is, in 2016 somebody will be on the Olympic team that has gone through the Yankton training center,” he said. “The ultimate goal is that someone from … South Dakota will win a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. Is it possible? Anything is possible.”

The United States Olympic Committee has partnered with sports groups across the nation to create six such programs that provide training in fencing, weightlifting, judo and a variety of other activities. None of them offer archery.

Cull believes Yankton could be the first to do so with the lobbying efforts being putting into place. He has said that Jim Easton, who is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and was involved in the decision to have Yankton as the location of the Easton Sports Development Foundation's first archery training center, is excited about the idea.

In the lead-up to the announcement, however, the focus will be on the kids attending the daylong Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids. Nugent, the NFAA, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, the City of Yankton, the Easton Sports Development Foundation and many volunteers have made the camp a reality.

About 200 children ages 8-16 will be on hand for the sold-out event, which will give them experience with archery, air rifles, trap shooting, fishing, game calling, sling shots and geo-caching.

“It's going to be a lot of fun and a great event,” Cull said.

Parents are being encouraged to attend the camp along with their children.

“The whole push of everything the NFAA does and everything the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids does is to expose kids to outside activities with a real emphasis on doing it with your mentors,” Cull said.

NFAA Vice President Brian Sheffler added, “The NFAA has always believed that archery is a family sport and that kids are the future of any sport. Any time you can connect kids with a celebrity like Ted Nugent, it's a plus for everybody. It helps the NFAA meet its mission statement of promoting archery to all ages.”

Cull said the public is welcome to come out to the NFAA grounds during the camp and observe.

“The whole place is open to the public to come out and see what we do,” he said.

• Across town in the Yankton Mall, Maurice's will be holding its Rescues and Runways event to raise money for the Heartland Humane Society.

Models will show off Maurice's fall fashions during a 2 p.m. runway show at the water fountain in the mall. From 1-4 p.m., the public will also be able to meet some of the animals available for adoption through the Humane Society. Additionally, a silent auction will be held during the event.

“All the proceeds go to the Heartland Humane Society in Yankton,” said Carol Harris, the store manager for the Yankton Maurice's. “During the month of September, we're also holding a pet food and supply drive. If a customer brings in a donation, they get 20 percent off a regular-priced item.”

Tasha Anderson, executive director of the Heartland Humane Society, welcomes the assistance. She said a handful of dogs and some kittens in need of homes will be at the event.

“It gives people the benefit of seeing the animals they are helping,” she said.

Other events taking place this weekend include:

• the South Dakota Old-Time Fiddle Contest and Jamboree. The annual three-day event opens with a jamboree Friday. Contests begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and run throughout the day. Entertainment will be taking place at intervals all day and evening. On Sunday, a gospel sing, as well as the National Invitational Finals, will take place. The event is held at the Yankton 4-H grounds.

• a community-wide pinochle and dessert party at The Center at 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (605) 665-4685 or (605) 664-3280;

• the Lewis and Clark Homebuilders Poker Run. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waterfront Grill in Yankton. For more information, call Tom (605) 661-6050; Dallas (605) 665-6407; or Norene (605) 661-7215;

• the Chan Gurney Municipal Airport Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the YRAA for developing and promoting general aviation; and

• the St. Jude's Trail Ride at the Boy Scout Camp west of Yankton. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the ride will get under way at 1 p.m.