Dixie Boys headed back to Covington

COVINGTON -- Newton County Recreation is once again hosting the Dixie Boys World Series, and the event will start of with a literal bang, as the opening ceremony on the Square in Covington on Friday, Aug. 3, will include a fireworks show.

The public is invited to attend the event, where the 12 teams, including the local Newton County Dixie All-Stars, will be recognized beginning at 8 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dark.

Recreation Commission Director Tommy Hailey said 11 states will be represented by the 13- and 14-year-old teams, "from Virginia swinging all the way down to Texas."

Hailey said he expects between 1,500 and 2,000 people to attend the opening ceremony. He said it's hard to estimate how many visitors will be in Newton due to the tournament, with players, coaches and family members, but noted that the visitors will have an economic impact by eating at local restaurants. The teams are staying at the local Super 8, with the bill footed by the Recreation Commission. It costs $7,500 to host the world series, "and we get all concession, souvenir and gate revenues. We will very easily exceed that money. We don't want to lose money, but we're not going to get rich off it either," Hailey said.

Games will get under way at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at City Pond Park and the series will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Newton County Dixie All-Stars' first game will be at 7 p.m. Saturday on Field 1.

Daily tickets can be purchased for $7, or $6 for senior citizens at the gate. A tournament pass is $25. Children 6 and under get in free.

City Pond Park is located 13501 City Pond Road in Covington.