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Fall softball tournament in the works

August 17, 2018

Norfolk may be hosting a new softball tournament this fall if things go as planned for the Norfolk Golden Girls.

Members of the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau’s advisory board voted Tuesday to give the organization $1,000 to help with expenses involved in making the event happen.

Shannon Unger, president of the Norfolk Golden Girls, made a pitch for the financial support at the board’s meeting.

The tournament, scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7 at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park, could involve up to 24 teams, many of whom would stay in town one or two nights. It would involve youth between the ages of 8 and 14.

“This fits into our charter of moving events to a time when we have rooms available,” said Ron Stauffer, advisory board chairman.

He was referring to the idea that many softball tournaments are in the summer when hotel rooms are at a premium due to the many other activities that also take place then.

“We really like to promote fall events,” Stauffer said.

Unger said the Golden Girls have been promoting the tournament throughout the summer and hope to have a good response.

In other business, Traci Jeffrey reported that the search is on for a new development manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council.

Several people have been interviewed to succeed Paul Hughes who resigned a few weeks ago to work in the sports department of the Norfolk Daily News, said Jeffrey, the bureau’s executive director.

Jeffrey also reminded those in attendance to update their information on VisitNebraska.com. Information from that site will be included in the 2019 Travel Guide published by the Nebraska Tourism Commission.

Jeffrey reported that lodging taxes for this past May were almost $9,000 higher than last year’s. Tax revenue from May 2017 taxes were $35,000 while taxes for May this year were $44,000.

The visitors bureau is funded by lodging taxes collected in the county.

The advisory board’s next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m.

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