Spectators are invited to attend the 54th Annual Raymond Frye Memorial Horseshoe Tournament today at Jim Barnett Park in Winchester.
The event, which is sanctioned by the Virginia Horseshoe Association, begins at 10 a.m. The Winchester Horseshoe Club – sanctioned by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association – is the host.
“The more people the better,” said Heath Shawn of Staunton, who works in advertising for the Virginia Horseshoe Association. “We want to expose people to the sport. Horseshoes are a lot of fun. It’s really a skill to throw those iron horseshoes as far as they go.”
The 54th Annual Raymond Frye Memorial Horseshoe Tournament is one of the oldest horseshoe tournaments in the United States. It generally attracts pitchers from the East Coast and the Midwest.
“We’ve had pitchers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and New Hampshire. We even have some. eu from Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin, ”said a press release from the club. noted. “The Winchester Horseshoe Club was originally established by Raymond Frye. To this day his family continues to be huge club and tournament sponsors. The Winchester Horseshoe Club has hosted world champions and numerous winners. of state tournaments. play in this tournament. “
The registration fee is $ 20. Competitors must be members of the Virginia Horseshoe Association, according to Shawn.
Tamara Burke, of Inwood, West Virginia, has been one of the top contenders in recent years, winning the tournament multiple times, the club statement said. She has been the West Virginia Women’s Champion for many years and has been in the top 10 in the world for several years.
Eli Sullivan, 8, of Virginia, one of the top cadet pitchers, is expected to compete in the tournament, Shawn noted.
The Winchester Horseshoe Club is home to two-time Junior Men’s World Champion Branson Miller, who has participated in the tournament on several occasions.