Press Release

Tri-Cities, Washington Selected as Host City for NHPA World Horseshoe Pitching Championships in 2024 and 2027

Tri-Cities, Wash. - Visit Tri-Cities is proud to announce that the National Horseshoe Pitching Association (NHPA) has chosen Tri-Cities, Washington as the host destination for the prestigious NHPA World Horseshoe Pitching Championships in 2024 and 2027. Each world championship event will bring nearly $1-million in economic impact to the area as more than 500 participants come to the Tri-Cities to compete for the world title.

The announcement was made during the 2023 World Tournament in Lansing, Michigan, where Kevin Lewis, President and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities, and Natalie Clifton, Sports Sales Manager for Visit Tri-Cities, finalized the agreement with NHPA officials.

“The team at Visit Tri-Cities has been a pleasure to work with and we are thrilled to bring our World Tournament to the Northwest,” said NHPA President, Gary Roberts. "Along with some great competition, NHPA pitchers will enjoy the beauty, history and recreation opportunities in and around the Tri-Cities.”

“Horseshoe pitchers are some of the most friendly people you will ever meet, and we are excited to be selected to host the sport’s most celebrated event in the Tri-Cities,” said Lewis. “The two-week event will showcase the best pitchers in the world, and we look forward to welcoming them here."

The World Championships will take place at the Three Rivers Campus from July 29 to August 10, 2024, and again in 2027. The Toyota Center & Arena, located at 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick, will serve as the primary venue for the event, offering a spacious 44,000 sq. ft. of playable floor space to host the championship.


Athlete Spotlights

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Sid Gire

Living in Tri-Cities, WA

Sid Gire has been pitching horseshoes since his teenage years when he first fell in love with the sport, learning from his uncle on their family farm. Years later, Sid still carries the same passion he had when he first started pitching.

Phyllis Quist

Living in Bellingham, WA

Phylis Quist is an absolute rockstar, having received the NHPA Achievement Award (2003), the NHPA Presidential Award (2016), and induction into the NHPA Hall of Fame (2019), to name a few.

Charlie Tapper

Living in Auburn, WA

Charlie Tapper is the longest tenured employee at Boeing Aircraft working at the company since he was 20 years old. Today, Charlie is 94 years old and loves to pitch horseshoes in his free time!


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