Ready for Local Hospitality

CENTER, Texas (July 19, 2018) – The 2018 Dixie Invitational World Series tournament will begin this Friday, July 20 at Center Park. A total of 48 teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are participating. “Opening ceremonies will begin Friday at 7:30 pm, followed by an awesome fireworks show,” said Center Recreation Director, Jason Mitchell.

In October 2017, the Center City Council established a committee to start the process of soliciting the tournament. Unlike other tournaments hosted by Center, the successful bid is judged more on what a community can offer the event. “Our City has been given a great opportunity with this tournament,” said Center Mayor David Chadwick. “We want our visitors to have a grand experience when they visit us. This is quite an accomplishment for a City of our size to host an event of this caliber.”

“I would encourage everyone to attend Friday’s opening ceremony and especially the fireworks show,” stated City Manager, Chad Nehring. “Putting together all the activities has taken a lot of work from many staff, volunteers and sponsors without which this wouldn’t be possible.” Friday’s Fireworks display is sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, Cobb-Vantress, Whataburger, Texas State Bank, Borders Poultry Supply and McAdam’s Propane.

Dazzle Me Pink and Blue is sponsoring Pizza/ and Movie night Saturday for players while the Shelby County Chamber is hosting a visitors’ reception that evening at the Civic Center. Sunday afternoon, Wal-Mart is helping host a Fun Day at Portacool Park for teams and the community.

“This event really will have a major impact to our local economy and we hope all our local businesses will see benefits,” explained Center Mayor David Chadwick. “I would ask all of our residents that if you see someone from out of town to go out of your way to show them some Center hospitality.”

Major sponsors for the World Series are OMNI Environmental, Commissioner Precinct 1, Farmers State Bank, Center Motor Company, T&R’s Steaks & More, Rotary Club of Center, Ultra Shade Plus and Tyson.

Anyone interested in staffing the tournament, additional sponsorships or simply helping this weekend should visit the City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936/590-7196 or simply come out to the park and enjoy some quality baseball.

Schedule of Events: 

Friday – July 20, 2018

Team Check-in

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM @ Windham Civic Center Team Games / Skills Challenge at Center Park

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM @ Baseball Fields at Center Park Team Meal

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM @ F.L. Moffett Primary School Opening Ceremonies followed by Fireworks Show

07:30 PM - 09:00 PM @ Roughrider Stadium

Saturday – July 21, 2018

Games Begin

08:00 AM @ Baseball Fields at Center Park and Center Youth Softball Complex Parents Night Social

06:30 PM - 09:30 PM @ Windham Civic Center Team Bonding: Pizza and Movie Night

07:00 PM - 09:30 PM @ Windham Civic Center Sunday July 22, 2018

Games Begin

10:00 AM @ Baseball Fields at Center Park and Center Youth Softball Complex Fun Day @ Portacool Park

03:00 PM - 09:00 PM @ Portacool Park Team Meal @ Portacool Park

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM @ Portacool Park

Monday, July 23, 2018

Games Begin

08:00 AM @ Baseball Fields at Center Park and Center Youth Softball Complex

Get the APP for access to schedule, scores and local information
@ Google Play or Apple Store, download “ATTENDIFY” then open and search for “DYB” – register and set preferences for notifications