Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Robin Hood Fest Takes Aim At England

SHERWOOD, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – American archers are taking aim at Robin Hood lovers overseas.

From July 21-23, nearly 50,000 people will head to Sherwood, Oregon, for the 37th Annual Robin Hood Festival.

Although it’s a fun, family-themed festival celebrating the movie hero, there’s one dangerous event that pits the festival against its partners across the pond.

The archery contest, which features the Sherwood Archers – a local archery group – engages in a bow-and-arrow battle against their British rivals, an archery group in Nottingham, England.

The England archers don’t actually come across the pond – instead, the shooting squads compare results after all the bows have been shot.

Spokesperson Kelly Price isn’t boasting about the hometown bow-and-arrow boys, but he says, “Let’s just say, most of the time the Sherwood group wins. It’s pretty competitive, though.”

If archery isn’t for you, the festival also features a parade, Robin Hood look-a-like contests, and hot air balloon rides that soar over the town.

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