World Horseshoe Tournament to visit Topeka in July

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – The 2015 World Horseshoe Tournament is coming to the Kansas Expocentre this July.

“We’re looking at having at least 1,500 entrants to the tournament, and they usually bring with them two or three people, so we’re looking at probably close to 4,000-5,000 people for more than two weeks in the city,” said Kansas Horseshoe Elders Champion Roger Vogel. “We’ve had people from Sweden, South Africa, South America, Canada and the United States. An economic impact probably in the several million dollar range as far as business revenue.”

The very first world horseshoe tournament was held back in 1909 in Bronson, KS.

“It means a lot for Kansas because we’ve got it on our back doorstep, and there’s just a lot of Kansas people who haven’t had the opportunity to pitch in one,” said Topeka Horseshoe League Director Larry Collette. “There’s no age boundary, and the youngest we’ve had pitch in the state tournament was four years old. That’s how important it is to get started young.”

“People in the tournament range from seven-years-old to 95. So they’re all different skill levels,” said Vogel.

“It’s pretty cool,” said participant Dale Tyson. “I haven’t done it for about 20 years. It’s wide open and anybody could do it. You don’t have to be real good at it, and you don’t have to have a real good score to place in worlds. It’s pretty neat, but it’s going to take a lot of practice because I’m not very good right now.”

“The way that I would start pitching horseshoes, is get up closer to the stake, and just learn to take a step and a swing, and then once you get used to the skill build up, then you move back a little bit further,” said Vogel.

“The horseshoe pitching family is a tight-knit group and good about welcoming new pitchers in and helping them get started,” said Collette.

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