Fastball teams from across the nation will gather in Prince George during the Canadian Native Fastball Championships next summer.
Set for Aug. 1-3, the event will feature over 80 teams competing in five divisions with games played on 11 baseball diamonds throughout the city on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation.
The tournament is expected to bring in about 2,500 visitors and deliver a $3.5-million economic impact.
Started in 1974, it has also been held in Prince George in 2016, 2004, and 1994. The tournament is overseen by the Canadian Native Fastball Association a non-profit volunteer organization with First Nation representatives across Canada.
"The CNFA is pleased to bring the Native Fastball Championships once again to Prince George," said Randy Potskin, President of CNFA. "We are honoured to continue the rich culture of native fastball handed down to us by our fathers and grandfathers."
Locally, the bid to host the event was prepared jointly by the Spruce City Men's Fastball Association, the PG Big Guy Lake Kings Fastball Club, Tourism Prince George, and the City of Prince George.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer or support the event, visit nativefastball.com.