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Archery event Dec. 7 targets local charities
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Forsyth County News

If you go

* What: 3D Archery Annual Christmas Tournament to benefit local charities

* When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7

* Where: Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park, Dawsonville

* Cost: $10 per person; free for children

Archers have their sights set on helping local charities during the Cumming Archery Association's 12th annual Christmas tournament.

The event is set for Dec. 7 at the Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park in Dawsonville off Hwy. 9.

For $10, longtime athletes and beginners alike can give it a shot, firing at 3D pigs, turkeys and bear targets to benefit

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Abba House, No Longer Bound and Unseen Hand Ministries, among others.

"Every dime we raise goes to various charities and ministries in our county," said Joe Dumford, organization president.

Last year's event raised more than $3,000, Dumford said.

Children shoot free, and there will be "balloon shoots" with prizes involved to keep them entertained.

"It's fun for the kids," said group member Joe Schuster. "We've got competitions for all ages and all skill levels."

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Dumford said it's "all about people just having fun, hanging out and having a good time."

"Archery's kind of like golf for people who don't like golf," Dumford said. "It's a good sport for beginners and what we like to call the tournaments' usual suspects."

Schuster said winners in each division of the competition will receive ribbons and trophies.

"Since it's charity, you got your basic red, white and blue ribbons ... Spectators are more than welcome to come out as well," Schuster said.

The Cumming Archery Association has 27 members.

For more information about the organization or to make donations to the charities it sponsors, contact: Schuster at (870) 530-9370, Dumford at (770) 714-0721 or go online at