Sporting Events in Clermont County
No doubt about it, there is plenty to do in Clermont County, from the Warbird and Cardboard Boat Museums to Harmony Hill Vineyards, the Freedom Trail and the good food served at local eateries. But when it comes to fun when the sun shines, sports is the name of the game. We have our share of parks and playing fields now, but it’s about to get better.
As they say, “It’s a whole new ball game!”
Refreshing the Lake
Clermont County has some impressive facilities now, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), but local planners and business leaders are hard at work to attract sportsmen and -women of all kinds, young and old, and in a big way. East Fork Lake currently serves as a “convention center” and sports complex of sorts with wakeless launches, new docks and boat trees already in place, as well as improved spectator viewing areas and pathways.
All this will be even better with the completion of the new Beach House facility in May. The revitalization will be complete and ready for the five-day U.S. Rowing Club National Championships in July. Starting blocks used at the Los Angeles Olympics will be employed at this summer’s competition. The attractive new lakeside features can be “tested” beforehand, however, by locals who want to take to the water in canoes and kayaks.
The project is a feather in the cap of local planners, and puts the lake in contention for additional high-profile regattas and other events in the future. Expected economic gain to the region is projected at $2 million. Improvements have already attracted other regattas for this year, and additional plans are under investigation, perhaps even an adaptive rowing program for the disabled.
“Build It and They Will Come”
…That’s the driving philosophy behind the planned development of 13 new competitive soccer fields at Batavia’s Red Barn. Events are slated to begin in April 2016 with the 16-weekend Blue Chip Showcase Soccer Tournament. The Reubel family, Red Barn’s owners, inked an agreement with Kings Hammer, and development of the grassy playing fields is slated to begin this spring.
This is another boon to the community, according to CVB representatives who anticipate up to 10,000 room night bookings during the soccer season alone. The Red Barn location is convenient to hotels, restaurants and other attractions.
Funky and Fun
What other games are there to play in Clermont County? If the CVB has its way, there may be some “frivolous” competition in town. Executive Director Mark Calitri is looking at the possibility of building a facility to accommodate cornhole tourneys. “Quirky,” he notes, “brings people in.”
In the meantime, locals as well as visitors can gather for mountain bike races and triathlons at East Fork State Park, cheer at Tealtown Ballpark for summer baseball, play softball or golf, and participate in the Fishers of Men Tournament.
It’s bound to be a playful season!