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Chiefland's population is expected to swell this weekend as T-ball teams from as far away as Miami and as near as Lake City along with players' parents and families participate in the Florida State Cal Ripkin T-Ball Championship Tournament.
This is the 15th year the Chiefland Area Athletic Association has hosted the tournament.
In an open letter to Chiefland residents, CAAA President Wayne Weatherford said past tournaments have drawn 2,500-3,000 people to the city to spend the weekend in local hotels and RV parks and dine out.
“It was said by many parents and fans, 'Chiefland went above and beyond expectations,” in hosting the tournament, Weatherford wrote.
He said the tournament gives the Chiefland teams an opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the state.
“These five- and six-year old athletes will have memories that they will cherish forever,” Weatherford said in the letter.
All the games are played in the City of Chiefland's Charles Strickland Memorial Park. Games begin today and run through Sunday. In case of inclement weather, games could be delayed until Monday.
In addition, Weatherd noted that the CAAA is a non-profit group that relies on local contributions and volunteers to put on the tournament. Donations to help the tournament can be sent to the CAAA, P.O. Box 1844, Chiefland, FL 32544.