Blessing of the Bows a success

CHERRY VALLEY TWP. — People of all ages enjoyed trying archery during Blessing of the Bows on Saturday.

The event, hosted by Men of Purpose, took place in the wooded setting at God's True Vine Church.

"This was a family fun time," said event organizer Ron Zerfas, who said there were about 50 people in attendance. "We had Christian music playing, provided a free lunch and it was hard to beat the good weather.

"Kids and adults who haven't shot arrows before got a lot out of the event, and some of them even placed during the shooting competitions."

Money raised through raffles went toward community functions put on by Men of Purpose. Prizes were donated by local businesses.

"Men of Purpose hosts community events such as Blessing of the Bows, and we also provide free hot dogs at events such as the Christmas Parade in Baldwin and the Fourth of July Parade in Idlewild. We also build handicap ramps for those who need them. We meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. every second Saturday of the month," Zerfas said.

Safety training skills and archery instruction were taught in the morning, and a blessing was given at noon before lunch was served. During the afternoon, participants had fun with archery competition which was separated into age groups.

Jackie Neal participated in the 50 and older competition.

"I am 60-years-old and I won second place," she said.

Logan Smith said he was proud to place second for his age group 6 through 12.