May 7, 2015
Moore County and the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently announced that Moore County, NC, has been awarded the Dixie Girls Softball (DSI) World Series for 2015. The event will be held at Hillcrest Park in Carthage, NC, August 7-13, and will generate as many as 2,000 visitors to the area – players, coaches, officials, and family members. Previous host communities have realized a significant economic impact as a result of hosting the Dixie Girls Softball World Series with attendee spending, ranging from $3.5 – $4 million.
Securing the event required the DSI committee to visit Moore County to meet with representatives from Moore County Parks and Recreation and to inspect Hillcrest Park facilities in Carthage. The committee toured lodging and restaurant facilities and was shown many amenities Moore County has to offer. After the site inspection, representatives from Parks and Recreation and the CVB traveled to Albany, GA, to present a bid to the DSI national and state directors for the 2015 World Series. A unanimous decision by the directors awarded the 2015 event to Moore County.
“Moore County was chosen because of its location, playing facilities, motels, restaurants and outside activities away from the ball playing area, but mostly because of the willingness of the people in Moore County to work and provide a great experience for the many players, coaches, parents, fans, umpires, and Dixie Softball officials so that they will long remember their experience and want to come back and revisit the Moore County area.” James E.”Obie” Evans, president of Dixie Softball.
The 2015 Dixie Girls Softball World Series will consist of 24 teams from 11 different southeastern states including North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas/Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Two groups based on age – the Angels (girls 10 and younger) and the Ponytails (girls 12 and younger) – will be playing to determine the championship teams in Dixie Softball X-Play divisions for the 2015 season.
“After hosting the Dixie Youth Boys Baseball World Series in 2011, this event has been on our ‘To Do’ list for some time,” said Beverly Stewart, Director of Sales for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area – CVB. “We’re very happy and excited about hosting a world series of Dixie Girls Softball in Moore County.”