FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010
Kim Minnick, contest coordinator
N.C. Mountain State Fair
N.C. Mountain State Fair offers first horseshoe pitching contest
FLETCHER -- If you think you are a pretty good horseshoe pitcher, this is the year to show your skills and possibly earn prize money and bragging rights as the N.C. Mountain State Fair’s first horseshoe champion.
The fair has added singles and doubles horseshoe contests to its annual list of competitions. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. in Davis Arena. Anyone interested in competing can register that day at the arena. Cost is $5 per person per contest. Competitors are encouraged to bring their own horseshoes.
“We don’t add competitions that often, so we are excited about this one,” said Matt Buchanan, fair manager. “We noticed we had some folks who would hang out and pitch horseshoes in the down time between livestock shows, so we felt there was enough interest to add it as a competition. We hope lots of people will enter.”
Contestants will be placed in the singles class based on their ability. The singles competition will be single elimination. The doubles competition will be an open-draw format, where each team will be created by an upper-tiered pitcher drawing a partner name from a pool of lower-tiered pitchers. The doubles competition will also be single elimination unless time allows for a round-robin format. The contest will follow the official rules of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
Ribbons and prizes will be awarded to the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in each class. The amount of prize money will be determined by the number of entrants.