Internationally acclaimed exhibition archer Byron Ferguson recently performed his longbow archery exhibition for two record setting shows in Riihimaki, Finland.
Ferguson’s performance on June 9 drew 15,000 attendees. This set an all-time record for attendance at a single event in the show’s 20-year history. Ferguson broke the show’s record again on Sunday with his matinee performance, demonstrating his archery skills before more than 12,000 people.
“The people in Finland were wonderful,” Ferguson said. “Their hospitality was beyond all expectations. The Finnish people have a strong interest in bowhunting, especially traditional archery.
“Legislation is currently before the Finnish Parliament that will allow bowhunting for big game animals. This sparked a lot of interest, and questions from the show’s attendees. The best advice I could give them was that a person’s shooting ability takes second place to their overall woodsmenship.”
The International Sportsmen’s Fair highlights fishing, nature and outdoor activities. It is held each year in Urheilupuisto Park in Riihimaki.