SPEAR THROWING CHAMPIONSHIP
AT CHIMNEY POINT STATE HISTORIC SITE
In celebration of Vermont Archaeology Week and ancient Native
American skills, Chimney Point State Historic Site will host the
Second Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship on Saturday,
September 20. This popular family event includes accuracy and
distance contests with the atlatl, a spear launcher used before bows
and arrows, and demonstrations of early Native American craft and
stone tool technology.
From 10:30 - 4:00, enjoy demonstrations of skills like flint
knapping, fire lighting, basket weaving, and bead making. There will
be hands-on archaeology and games for children throughout the day.
See the atlatl in action and try it yourself! A special fire
lighting opening ceremony will kick-off the contest at 12:30. A food
concession will be available for visitors who wish to picnic at the
site, which offers scenic views of Lake Champlain.
Chimney Point State Historic Site is a museum of Vermont's Native
American and French heritage, housed in an historic tavern and inn by
the Champlain Bridge, junction of Routes 17 and 125, Addison,
Vermont. This season's shows include a special exhibit on the atlatl
and an exhibit of birch bark art by Penobscot artist ssipsis.
Admission to the Atlatl Championship and museum is $2 for adults,
free for children 14 and under. For contestant registration or
further details, call 802-759-2412. Chimney Point State Historic
Site is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 - 5:30, through October
Chimney Point State Historic Site
RD 1, Box 3546
Vergennes, Vermont 05491