LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of kids are bringing their best bow and arrow skills to the Derby City.

The National Archery in the Schools Program Kentucky State Tournament is underway at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Over the course of two days, more than 4,200 kids will shoot at 164 targets.

The kids participating range in age from 4th graders to 12th graders.

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife say archery as a sport continues to grow.

"It's gaining every year," said Patrick O'Connell. "At our regional competition we had 12,000. We're growing at a rate of 1,000 kids a year and it's really growing here in the Jefferson County area."

Officials say back in 2002, there were about 20 programs in the state. There are now 700.

The tournament continues until 6 tonight.

Admission is $5.

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