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Archery event hopes to bring in hundreds from across the states

Final preparations are underway for a weekend archery shoot in McLean County that's expected to bring hundreds of people to the area.

But for participants and the small community, it holds a special meaning.

These events happen all over the country, but this is the first time Myer Creek Archers will host one of its own.

"It's very special for us to have it in McLean County," says Sharon Dickens.

Members of the group spend the morning setting up the last few targets that will be used in Saturday's shoot.

As Dickens explains, you probably wouldn't see their real-life counterparts in Western Kentucky.

"Rinehart has brought in 50 targets," says Dickens. "They're all life-size animals. The largest ones are the giraffe and the elephant and the water buffalo."

She's expecting a few hundred people, but says that's not uncommon for these events.

What's uncommon is for a shoot to be held in a place with no hotels and limited restaurants.

Even though that means some participants will stay as many as 35 miles away, Dickens thinks it's good for the entire area.

Mike Pollard with Rinehart Targets points out that all around also means other states.

"We can get people from Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Florida," says Pollard. "They come from all over and I've see them come 40 hours away. I had them come from Alaska."

But no matter where they're coming from, Dickens says the important thing is the spotlight that's shining on this small county.

"It's going to be a big thing for a lot of people and we're very excited," says Dickens.

Everything starts at Myer Creek Park at 7:30 A.M. on Saturday.

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