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By Claude Lewis

Each June for the past 10 years, the Chiefland Area Athletic Association has been the host of a State Tee-Ball Tournament at Strickland Park.

With time flying by, we?re now less than a month from the start of the 2008 event, which will be held June 12-16.

Incredibly, the CAAA still needs a main sponsor for the tourney, which draws up to 20 teams to Chiefland.

Other events around town have no problem with sponsorship. For example, area businesses seem to always be there for the high school football team or the FFA events.

The State Tee-Ball Tournament fills motels, restaurants, convenience stores and othe attractions in the area.

Somebody needs to step up to the plate and give back.

"No one ever helps us with it,"said CAAA president Wayne Weatherford, who begs around town for items for opening ceremonies and a welcome meal for the out-of-towners. "We sure could use some help."

Weatherford said he already has commitments from 12 organizations. Not bad considering the state of the economy.

"I think that's a good sign,"he said of the early interest.

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The CAAA regular season is over for Tee-Ball, Rookie, MInor ands Major Divisions. World Series play in each division has been ongoing this week.

Barring any rain outs, the Tee-Ball and Rookie title games are slated for noon Saturday, May 17.

Minors is at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Majors is for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15.