ASA plans ramping up

Tourism executives Serena Gray (from left) and Johnnye Kennon attend ASA planning event Wednesday.

Competitive archers will be coming to Camp Minden in just a few weeks for the second McKenzie Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Easton/Hoyt Pro/Am Tour event and local entities are ramping up preparations for the tournament.

Stakeholders from Bossier, Webster and Caddo parishes, plus Camp Minden and Louisiana National Guard officials, met Wednesday to review plans and check facilities for the April 27-30 event that is expected to draw thousands from around the country and outside the U.S.

Last year’s event, the first to be held at Camp Minden, drew a reported 1,655 participants, sponsors and staff from 41 states plus Canada and Australia. ASA signed a 10-year contract to hold the tournament at the site, and area officials predict the event will generate around $25 million in economic impact over that period.