CHIPLEY - Washington County will soon host 11 states in the 2014 Dixie Pre-Majors World Series.
Chipley was the unanimous choice for the event after Chipley High School Head Baseball Coach and President of the Chipley Dixie Majors Andy Compton made a presentation to Dixie Boys Baseball Commissioner and CEO Sandy Jones.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to visit Chipley for our 2014 event," said Jones in a recent press release. "The entire community will embrace this event, and the hospitality will be second to none. I have personally visited Chipley High School and found the playing fields to be used for the tournament to be outstanding."
The Washington County Tourist Development Council (TDC) estimates the event, which is scheduled for July 26 to July 30, will generate about $300,000 for the local economy.
"The tournament will have a tremendous impact on our county," said TDC Director Heather Lopez. "Not only will it put heads in (hotel) beds, but it will create revenue for our local restaurants, shops, and attractions for the six days these teams will be in town."
"This will be an opportunity for the TDC to showcase what our county has to offer to 11 states in the southeast, and we welcome them here."
This is the first time Washington County has hosted the event, and the first time in recent history a Florida city has been selected as host.
A welcome banquet will be held for the players and their families at 6 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Center.
Participating states are: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas.
All games will be held at the Chipley High School baseball fields. Admission is $7, and concessions will be available.
For more information, call Heather Lopez at 638-6013.