The 4th Annual Bow Slinger event at Fort Riley is more than an archery tournament; it’s also a chance to meet your Army. The Aug. 20 event is open to the public and will feature activities for the whole family at Fort Riley’s Outdoor Adventure Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Scheduled activities include:
--A military working dog demonstration at 10 a.m.
--A free Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks archery clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
--A bus tour of Fort Riley, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
There will also be static displays of military equipment and a chance to talk to the Soldiers who use that gear. Army Recruiters will provide a video game trailer for kids and adults to test their skills. Food trucks will be on site to purchase lunch or refreshments.
Everyone is welcome to come meet your Army. Those without a Department of Defense ID card can get a day pass at the Visitor Control Center near the Henry Gate and Marshall Army Airfield, located off I-70, exit 301, or apply for a pass in advance on line at home.army.mil/riley on the “Accessing Fort Riley” page.
The Visitor Control Center is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Fort Riley’s Outdoor Adventure Park is at 5202 Normandy Drive. “Meet Your Army” activities are free.
Online registration continues through August 18 for the Bow Slinger 3-D Archery Tournament. The cost for the tournament ranges from $45 to $55, depending on the category. The tournament is open to all competitive archers and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with check-in beginning at 7 a.m. and a mandatory shooter’s meeting at 8:30 a.m. Archers can register on line at https://riley.armymwr.com.