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North Dakota State Archery Tournament

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There's nothing typical about this high school event either.

Kids of all ages are putting down the pom poms and basketballs to try out a new sport.

Reporter Krista Harju has more.

It's an event that has kids of all ages quivering with excitement.

"It's great to watch these kids. You walk around 400 plus kids and they are all full of smile," says Darrell Belisle, President of ND Bowhunters Association.

Bismarck hosts the National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament.

It's a program so popular participation exceeded little league baseball in 2012.

"My dad encouraged me. Mr. Legacy, our coach, he encourages us. So, he puts a dollar on the bulls eye and if we hit it we get to keep the dollar," says Isabelle Miraz.

Students represent 17 schools from across the state.

When the kids aren't competing,

They hone their skills in the archery fun zone.

"This is a new toy the ND Bowhunters recently acquired. It's just another way to experience archery in a fun way. What it does is takes these foam discs and tosses them in the air and you can shoot at them."

Archery may seem a little intimidating to some.

But with a little practice.

"Much easier than it looks."

And just about anyone can participate.

"A high school stud All-American can stand right next to a fourth grade girl and shoot side by side and high-five each other. She could even beat him."

This year, the team to beat may be Dunseith.

They return after advancing to nationals last year.

"It was really fun. It was something different to see. You walk into the arena and there's nothing but arrows and targets. It was like a long row. It looked like it went on forever," says Jaelyn May.

"Just being able to go down to these state and nationals is really fun. The competition is pretty great, too. Just to practice and get better at something. It's cool," says Lucas Belgarde.

"I think it's fun meeting new people. I mean, whenever you're shooting next to someone and you have a little friendly competition. And 'Good job!' and 'You did good,' and 'Good luck.' I think that's the best part meeting new people," says May.

In Bismarck, Krista Harju, KX News.

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