Bowling and horseshoes impacting WNY economy

The Horseshoe Pitching Association is underway at the Erie County Fairgrounds.
The Horseshoe Pitching Association is underway at the Erie County Fairgrounds.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bowling and horseshoe tournaments are bringing more than 7,000 visitors to Western New York this week.

Business First< reports that both sports will have a combined economic impact of about $6 million.

The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association is set up at the Erie County Fairgrounds Event Center and will run competitions through July 26. The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission made the pitch to bring the group and its 1,300 participants to the fairgrounds.

Forty-eight portable courts have been set up inside the event center to accommodate the games.

The U.S. Bowling Congress has an estimated 2,800 participants and as many visitors. They are set up at six bowling centers for the North Pointe Junior Gold series.

The youth bowlers are competing at six bowling centers in the suburban Buffalo area. The girls will compete at Classic Lanes in Kenmore, Tonawanda Bowling Center in Tonawanda, and AMF Lancaster Lanes in Depew. Competition in the boys division will take place at AMF Thruway Lanes and AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, and at Transit Lanes in Williamsville.

AMF Airport Lanes will host the final rounds of competition for all bowlers.

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