Fairbury gearing up for 33rd annual Memorial Day weekend softball tournament

FAIRBURY – The 33rd annual Fairbury girls’ softball tournament is set to get underway, as it does every year, on Memorial Day weekend.

In total, 28 teams will participate from all across southeast Nebraska, from as far away as Omaha and as close as Hebron and Beatrice.

The tournament gets started on Friday evening with games lasting through Sunday afternoon. Tournament co-director Lana Likens says the tournament brings an estimated 1,000 guests to Fairbury on any given day.

Because of this, she says the tournament is a huge economic benefit for the city.

“It really is a good economic thing for our community,” Likens said. “People come to our community, and hopefully they have a good time. They enjoy being at the ballfields. We try to have a very well-run tournament. So, that they leave with a positive thought of our community.

“Plus, it’s a great opportunity to see kids doing the things that they love to do.”

Girls aged anywhere from 6-7 to 18 years old will participate in the tournament. Monday is reserved for a rain date in case any games get canceled.

Don’t look now, but there’s at least a 30% chance of rain in Fairbury on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The first games start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the last is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The full schedule can be found on the Fairbury Area Girls’ Softball Facebook page.

Admission will be free on Friday, and then $5 for adults and $3 for students after that. Kids ages four and under get in for free all weekend.

Funds raised by the tournament help Fairbury Area Girls’ Softball do a variety of things, from paying umpires to buying new uniforms. It also helps the Fairbury Softball Association maintain the Fairbury Cloverleaf Softball Complex.

“We really do see great support from the community for the tournament, and we really do appreciate that,” Likens said.

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