The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, is hosting a modified Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship day on Saturday, September 18, 2021, with special workshops offered on Friday and Sunday. All activities are outside.
This is the 26th year of the annual event and always a highlight of Vermont’s September Archaeology Month, also modified.
On Saturday the Chimney Point field, on the shore of Lake Champlain, will be set up for accuracy and distance competitions.
Contestants will use the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing tool in use around the world before the bow and arrow, to test their prowess in accuracy and distance by throwing at a variety of targets. Event attendees can watch and cheer them on.
Contestants are strongly urged to pre-register. Call 802-759-2412 and leave a message.
The competition starts with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by the “International Standard Accuracy Competition,” the accuracy test with painted animal and other targets, and the distance event. The contest ends with a “Grand Champion” shootout.
Categories include youth (ages 16 and under) girl and boy, women, and men. Contestants usually range from interested novices to some of the best in the country.
Competitors pay $10.00. Visitors are $5.00 adults, free under 15. The museum will be open at special times during the day.