International Competition Expected to Bring Thousands to Region

By Daniel Meyer

Arrows, bows and sights will be referred to frequently this weekend as the International Bowhunting Organization holds their 2014 world championships at Holiday Valley Resort this weekend.

Scheduled to take place from Thursday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 10, the event is expected to draw more than 2,000 competitors from nearly two dozen different countries as they aim for a share of $200,000 in cash and prizes that will be awarded after results from the four days of shooting are tallied.

Formed in 1984 as a way to unify bowhunters and bring all shooters together for the common purpose of promoting, encouraging and fostering the sport of bowhunting, the IBO will celebrate their 30th anniversary at Holiday Valley, with 2014 marking the fifth time the IBO World Championships have been held here.

IBO officials and organizers of this weekend’s activities at Holiday Valley continue to rave about the region’s ability to host an international competition with great ease.

“The beautiful terrain, first class accommodations and welcoming community make Holiday Valley Resort and the town of Ellicottville a popular destination for our shooters and their families,” said Bryan Marcum, president of the International Bowhunting Organization. “We’re eager to renew the fun and friendships of a world championship event at Holiday Valley.”

IBO officials and the many individuals who spent countless hours preparing for the return of the international competition encourage the general public to witness the incredible skills of the best bowhunters in the world.

“We worked really hard in setting up and opening all of the ranges,” said Ron Kubicki, Holiday Valley’s Snowsports School director and the person who led the work crew in establishing the courses for the IBO competition. “We have been at this since April and the end result is some challenging and very competitive ranges that each have 20 targets. Basically, as far as the property around here goes, the way I explain it to people is if it isn’t a golf course, it’s a shooting range, at least for this weekend. It was a lot of preparation but we are pleased with how it all turned out.”

The feedback that Holiday Valley employees received in the past from the contestants and the family members who travel with them has always been extremely complimentary.

“The thing that I enjoy about the IBO coming here is that this is an event that helps bring attention to our area’s natural beauty,” said Kubicki. “I really enjoy it because so many of the contestants are hunters, and they and their families are people who truly appreciate what we have here that sometimes gets taken for granted.”

IBO officials estimate over 8,000 people will visit the area this weekend, with an estimated $4.5 million economic impact on the region as competitors and their family members spend money on food and beverages, entertainment, retail shopping and lodging during the four-day affair.

The competition involves the use of hundreds of three-dimensional targets set up on the various ranges located throughout the woods, with the life-size targets including various native species that include black bears, turkeys, mountain goats and whitetail deer. Teams of shooters are assigned to a designated set of three ranges each day, with scoring compiled on how close their arrows come to what is known as the “kill zone” on each target.

In addition to the world championships, the Bowhunters Open allows non-qualified shooters to compete on the same courses as those participating in the tournament. Set to take place on Friday, Aug. 8 and Saturday, Aug. 9, the Open requires pre-registration. Visit www.holidayvalley.com/ibo for more information.

Along with the competition for the qualified and non-qualified shooters, an archery trade show will take place each day beginning at noon at Yodeler Lodge for anyone looking to purchase new equipment and clothing and interact with experts from the bowhunting industry.

Yodeler Lodge will also be where all of the practice defense targets are located and will be a gathering point for competitors between rounds, as well as where daily scoring can be displayed.

While an enthusiastic group of volunteers has been identified to help with various tasks throughout the weekend, anyone who is still interested in providing assistance to the competitors can call (716) 699-2345, extension 4401 to find out how they can lend a hand.

The championship round will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10 starting at 9 a.m. with the world championship awards to be presented at 3 p.m. at Yodeler Lodge.

For more information about the 2014 International Bowhunting Organization’s 2014 World Championships, visit www.ibo.net or www.holidayvalley.com.