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HAMILTON, Ohio - Businesses in Butler County are hitting the mark thanks in part to some of the top archers in the country.
More than 700 people are expected to take part in a U.S. Archery competition held at Joyce Park in Hamilton from July 10 to July 14, which could bring as much as $2 million to the local economy.
Butler County officials say this year's competitions -- the 129th U.S. National Target Championships, the U.S. Open and Easton JOAD Nationals -- will bring more participants to the area than it has during previous archery competitions held at the park over the past few years.
Stephanie Gigliotti with the Butler County Visitor's Bureau said the 701 people registered for this year's competitions is about a 30 percent increase from last year.
The growth in competition means an increase in the amount of money brought into the area.
Hotels like the Courtyard by Marriott in Hamilton say business has been nonstop.
"We normally run 75-80 percent. We've been running 100 percent the last week and we're going to run that way through the weekend as well -- it's just been fantastic," said Michael Olson.
While he's happy to see his business doing well, Olson said it's great to see the entire area doing well.
"It's just nice to see Hamilton getting a boost in its economy and everything the city is doing to help that out and keep these things coming," he said.
Of course, while the the money gained during the weekend-long event is a blessing for Butler County, the financial benefits gained from the competition could have longstanding effects as well. Community leaders hope the competitors develop an appreciation for the community and want to come back.
The Drake family says they've had a positive experience at the tournament and in Butler County. They're looking forward to enjoying the local attractions.
"We did go and tour Jungle Jim's up here in the Hamilton area and later on today (Friday) we're going to King's Island to enjoy ourselves," Ken Drake said.
Event organizers said they're already planning for next year's event, which is also expected to be hosted in Hamilton.
In addition to Joyce Park being a perfect location, organizers say the warm welcome from the community is a reason they'll keep coming back.
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