• 28th Annual World Atlatl Competition at Valley of Fire State Park, March 29 - 31

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    March 04, 2019
    28th Annual World Atlatl Competition at
    Valley of Fire State Park, March 29 - 31
     
     
    Overton, Nev. – The Atlatl predates the bow and arrow and was commonly used by Native Americans of this area to hunt bighorn sheep. Join the World Atlatl Association and Valley of Fire for the 28th annual World Atlatl Association competition. Discover the history of the Atlatl and the people who used it while watching participants from across the country compete.
     
     
    Atlatl Demonstration
    Join a ranger and try your hand at throwing an Atlatl dart. Stop by Atlatl Rock picnic area to learn about the ancient spear-throwing tool known as the atlatl, its history in the Southwest and how exactly it was used. A brief demonstration is included, and participants will then be given the opportunity to try throwing atlatls on their own.
    WHEN: Friday, March 29, 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area. 
    COST: This event is free of charge; however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com
     
    Ranger-Led Talk
    Join a ranger and discover the history of the Atlatl and the people who used it.
    WHEN: Friday, March 29, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area. 
    COST: This event is free of charge; however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com
     
    Make Your Own Petroglyphs Children’s Activity
    One of the most well-known attractions at Valley of Fire State Park is the Native American petroglyphs found at Atlatl Rock, which date back hundreds to even thousands of years. Children who would like to learn more about petroglyphs should meet at the Atlatl Rock picnic area. Children will be provided with the materials to make their own petroglyphs, which will be theirs to keep.
    WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area.  
    COST: This event is free of charge, however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com
     
    Sand Painting Children’s Activity
    The sand paintings of southwestern Native Americans are not only beautiful but also hold a healing purpose. Join a ranger to learn more about sand painting of the southwest and create your own. Families who would like to create a sand paining should meet at the Atlatl Rock picnic area. Children will be provided with the materials to make their own sand painting, which will be theirs to keep.
    WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. 
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area   
    COST: This event is free of charge, however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com
     
    Award Ceremony
    Join the World Atlatl Association and Valley of Fire for the 28th annual World Atlatl Association competition award ceremony. Plaques will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the women’s, men’s, and youth divisions.
    WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area. 
    COST: This event is free of charge; however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com
     
    Moche Toss Demonstration
    The Moche Toss is an atlatl game based on artwork found on pottery done by the ancient Moche Culture that inhabited the area that is now Peru from 100-800 CE. The game involves throwing darts at aerial targets (somewhat like an ancient version of skeet-shooting). Come learn about this ancient game, and how a member of the World Atlatl Association recreated the tools used by studying depictions found in Moche artwork.
    WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area. 
    COST: This event is free of charge; however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com
     
    Moche Toss Demonstration
    The Moche Toss is an atlatl game based on artwork found on pottery done by the ancient Moche Culture that inhabited the area that is now Peru from 100-800 CE. The game involves throwing darts at aerial targets (somewhat like an ancient version of skeet-shooting). Come learn about this ancient game, and how a member of the World Atlatl Association recreated the tools used by studying depictions found in Moche artwork.
    WHEN: Sunday, March 31, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area. 
    COST: This event is free of charge; however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com
     
    Ranger-Led Talk
    Join a ranger and discover the history of the Atlatl and the people who used it.
    WHEN: Sunday, March 31, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area. 
    COST: This event is free of charge; however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com
     
    Atlatl Demonstration
    Join a ranger and try your hand at throwing an Atlatl dart. Stop by Atlatl Rock picnic area to learn about the ancient spear-throwing tool known as the atlatl, its history in the Southwest, and how exactly it was used.  A brief demonstration is included, and participants will then be given the opportunity to try throwing atlatls on their own.
    WHEN: Sunday, March 31, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    WHERE: Atlatl Rock Picnic Area 
    COST: This event is free of charge; however, Valley of Fire State Park does have a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle.
    CONTACT: Rosa Prasser, (702) 397-2088, vofinterpreter@mvdsl.com