In this time of social distancing, small groups and less travel, atlatls do offer a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors without a lot of people.
While many of the atlatl meets have been cancelled this year at state parks or public places, a few have and continue to be held in backyards or private locations. Check out the World Atlatl Association Event Page to see the status of events. The Ohio Atlatl Association is still keeping its dates but has switched to private locations as public places grapple with summer of 2020 events.
Events are being held with awareness of small groups, social distancing and masks. If you are unable to get to a group, spend some time by yourself or with a family member practicing your skills. The WAA will try to keep everyone updated about events. Stay safe as our country wrestles with this pandemic.
There will be atlatl contests, flintknapping, demonstrations, lectures and more. International Standard Accuracy Contests (ISACS) are scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Mark Bracken of Pennsylvania practices for an atlatl contest at the 2015 Ochlockonee State Park Primitive Arts Festival. (Weather should be a little warmer this year!)
Thunderbird Atlatl will be at two Florida shows this month! This weekend we are at the Silver River Knapin at Silver River State Park in Silver Springs, Florida. Come visit us on Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16. Check out the poster for the event: Silverriver poster 2020
Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the annual Spencer VanEtten Sportsman’s Day Show Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by and visit. The school is located at 16 Dartts Cross Rd, Spencer, NY 14883 #ThunderbirdAtlatl
Plans are to attend Florida shows in mid February- updates to follow.
Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the SVE Sportsman’s Show in Spencer, NY Saturday, Feb. 2 & Sunday, Feb. 3. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Spencer- Van Etten High School, Darts Crossroads, Spencer NY Admission is free! We will be at our booth through 1 pm on Saturday and from noon to 3 on Sunday.
There is a variety of exhibitors from hunting with dogs to hunting with guides. artists, taxidermists, wood carvers, archery shops, fishing experts and guides. Archery range petting zoo and fly casting area for kids. Falcon and hawk seminars, dog training and game calling seminars too. Youth 3D archery tournament, (bring your own gear). Seminars, DEC officers, hunter safety instructors. Bring your trophy mounts to hang in our â€œHall of Hornsâ€. The Lucky Buck will be back! Sunday is â€œThe Dog Days of Winterâ€ At 10:00 is the â€œopenâ€ to all breeds match sponsored by the school’s FFA.
Food and drinks available for sale by high school clubs. Breakfast and dinner served in the cafeteria.