HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – The hard work and practice of hundreds of competitors all comes down to this competition.
The World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament is now underway at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. More than 3,000 people are visiting the region and adding a boost to the local economy.
“For all of those 3,000 visitors they needed somewhere to stay. They needed somewhere to eat. So this event is a true ringer for the local economy, our hotels, restaurants and our area attractions” said Brian Hayden, the Communications Manager for Visit Buffalo Niagara.
It’s estimated that $2 million will be generated from this event.
Each year during the tournament, members of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association chose which city becomes the next destination for their event. The event’s organizers commented that they chose Western New York because of what it offered.
“It was the attractions. It’s been a while since the world tournament has been held in this part of the country. A lot of families who pitch in the horseshoe tournament make this their summer vacation. There are lots of places to see” explained Bill Marvin, the 5th Vice President of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
Theresa Mashnick of Massachusetts said she and her friends are going to visit Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal.
Larry Chaney from Lakewood, Colorado said he and his wife have already visited the falls and plans to explore more next week. “You’ve got a nice area and this is a nice great facility”.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring thousands of people here who may have never been here before. To show them our assets, our attractions, our waterfront and really get them to see what Buffalo Niagara is all about” said Hayden.
If you want to watch the competition it’s going on until Saturday, July 26. Also on Saturday, July 19 the juniors kick off the world title championship at 5p.m.