SUPERIOR — The sixth annual Bowfest is scheduled for July 28-31 at Mont du Lac Resort.
Bowfest is billed as the region’s largest outdoor 3D archery shoot, aimed at bowhunters who want to test their skills in conditions that mimic real-life hunting situations. Mont du Lac is located along Highway 23, just south of the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, but on the Wisconsin side of the St. Louis River.
The event is also a celebration of the outdoors and rock music, with concerts, food, camping, a water park and a weekend of archery experts, makers and celebrities outdoor cable TV show.
After focusing on country music for the past few years, musical headliners this year include Thursday night arena rock tribute band Hairball; Mr. Speed, a Kiss tribute band, Friday night; and One, a Metallica tribute band, on Saturday night.
Four-day passes are $99.99 per person, including six 3D archery lessons, all concerts, vendor village, practice range, water park, snow slides, and more. summer, river tubing, canoeing, kayaking and chairlift rides.
Mont du Lac is a winter ski and snowboard hill that turns into over 400 acres of archery fun with four courses with 60 realistic archery shots available on realistic Rinehart targets. Archers can trek through the steep hills and valleys of Mont du Lac and shoot from beginner, hunter or professional stakes – like tees on a golf course – at each target. Prepare to traverse and shoot through challenging terrain, including deep woods, descending and ascending steep slopes, and through ravines. Each class lasts between two and three hours.
The event also features hosts from several bow hunting television shows, including Tim Wells from ‘Relentless Pursuit’, Pat and Nicole Reeve from ‘Driven TV’, Melissa Bachman from ‘Winchester Deadly Passion’, Brent and Nicole Larson from “Field of Dreams TV,” Michael Waddell, Nate Hosie, Shane Indrebo and Randy Birdsong.
Bowfest began in 2017, the brainchild of Larry Pulkrabek, owner of Mont du Lac and whose bowhunting businesses marketed popular archery products such as the Ravin crossbow and Field Logic targets. . He has since sold those companies but remains active in the industry. The first Bowfest event drew around 300 people. Organizers are hoping for 10,000 people over four days this year.
A limited number of parking spaces are available on site for $30 per vehicle per day. All other parking will be off-site. All off-site parking is $10. A free shuttle service will be available to/from the off-site parking lot.
Discounted tickets are available for children 12 and under. For more information, camping reservations or to purchase tickets online, visit bowfest.com or call 218-626-3797.