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State T-ball championships begin Thursday

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The Chiefland Area Atheletic Association, “Home of the State T-ball Chamionships,” is, once again, living up to its name starting today with the opening games of the 2014 championships at Strickland Park.

“We had the Watermelon Festival last weekend,” said CAAA President Wayne Weatherford Monday night to Chiefland commissioners, “and, now, there’s gonna’ be another influx of people.”

The championships last until Sunday, from 9 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m., depending on the weather, he said. There’ll be 25 teams playing from all over the state.

Weatherford said “It’s a good thing for Chiefland,” which has been the home of the championships since they began 17 years ago. The yearly event draws thousands of people, who, in turn, “fill every restaurant in town,” not to mention the revenues to stores, hotels and other attractions, such as Manatee Springs State Park.

“It’s a good vacation for a lot of them.”