Tremendous event starts here Friday

There is a storm brewing.

No, not Tropical Storm Beryl or Chris. It’s the 2018 Dixie Softball State Tournament and Scotland County is ground zero. Friday, July 13, marks the beginning of play as we prepare for 59 teams heading to the Morgan Complex and Optimist Park for battle. As the host, Scotland County Parks & Recreation will have three teams in the tournament vying to represent North Carolina as state champions.

Indeed, this tournament will be one to remember in Scotland County for years to come.

Why is this such a big deal? As an ambassador for Scotland County it is my goal to bring value not only to parks and recreation but to everyone! Hosting this event brings thousands of tourism dollars to Scotland County which is extremely important. Not only are the hotels at capacity, the restaurants will soon be full of smiling faces excited for a chance to become a champion. Just another tournament … no chance! This tournament is the largest ever hosted by Scotland County Parks & Recreation and one of the largest ever hosted in the county. Needless to say, this is BIG!

Laruinburg After 5 anyone? Yes indeed! It is our goal to host the largest Laurinburg After 5 event in its history July 13 at 6 p.m. as our opening ceremony concludes just in time! With the help of the Laurinburg Chamber of Commerce we are able to shift our crowd of over 1,000 right into the event as we cap off an opening ceremony to remember. I suggest you arrive early as the Morgan Complex will be beyond capacity overflowing with good times.

Collaboration is extremely important when it comes to hosting events of this magnitude. The Laurinburg Optimist Club played a key role making four fields available for play. Without a wonderful relationship, this tournament would not be hosted here in Scotland County. In addition, Cory Hughes and the Scotland County TDA have provided a tremendous amount of assistance with hotels and local business relations. How could I forget Parks & Recreation employees? Folks, these are some of the hardest working professionals within Scotland County and they cherish their jobs as well as providing optimal programs for you.

Scotland County family, join us as we extend our southern hospitality. I can assure you that if you are out around town from July 13-18 you will see a family of softball players. Make sure to extend a welcoming tone to them and appreciate their visit to this wonderful area. These coaches and representatives voted on us to host this event and we should be grateful for the opportunity. The opportunity to host 885 players and coaches doesn’t occur regularly. Let’s show Dixie Softball and every participant involved why Scotland County should be a staple for state tournaments to come.

I can’t do it alone, join me in MAKING SCOTLAND COUNTY A GREAT HOST! Play ball …

Bryan Graham

Director of Parks & Recreation

Scotland County