Archers target Paris this weekend

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PARIS, TX -- For one weekend of the year some of the best archers from across the globe descend on Paris for the ASA Southwest Shootout.

"It's a national pro-am event," said Archery Shooters Association President Mike Terrell. "Archers from all over the country and in fact from all over the world, in some cases, are coming in here for a big national shoot this weekend, pushing out about $100,000 in prize money."

Since 2007 the shootout has made its home in Paris, bringing over a thousand competitors every year.

"I think this is one of best tournaments the ASA has," said competitor Ginger Morehead. "It's a great location and the city of Paris really goes all out for everybody."

All the competitors and visitors coming to town also provide a big boost for the local economy.

"Paris is just very welcoming from the restaurants to the hotels to everybody here and the spectators that come out," said competitor Cara Fernandez.

December's ice storm wreaked havoc on the archery tournament grounds, but the city's parks and recreation department worked hard to get the field ready just in time for the tournament.

"They've been out there working for the last month and half getting everything ready," said Terrell. "We're very happy about the way it turned out and it got fixed up and it's ready to go."

The Southwest Shootout is one of seven tournament stops across the country. Next month the tournament will continue in London, Kentucky.

Spectators are welcome throughout the weekend.

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