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A baseball tournament means more business in Peru and Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on July 31, 2014

 If parking lots at hotels and restaurants look busier than usual this weekend in the Illinois Valley it could be because of baseball.

 The Central Region Senior Baseball Tournament is back in Peru and Oglesby with nine teams including players locally from Ottawa and regionally from Michigan and Wisconsin. Opening ceremonies start at 6pm Friday in Washington Park in Peru with games going through Tuesday in both Peru and Oglesby.

 Oglesby Mayor Don Finley says with hungry teenagers this tournament is a boost to the economy.

 Finley says many volunteers put in time to make the tournament happen every year. He says they will start planning for 2015 right after this year’s tournament ends.

 For more about the Central States tournament, you can listen to an interview with Don Finley at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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