And the 2014 Ontario Scotties will go to...Sault Ste. Marie.
I like Sault Ste. Marie..., no seriously, I do. Beautiful country up there.
The Soo Curlers Association facility will host the provincial tournament.
I have some good friends in the Soo.
I have stayed at the hotel on the river (Delta?) many times, and have always been treated well.
I like to eat at Giovanni's Italian Restaurant, which has some of the best Italian food this side of Windsor. If you stop in, tell them Hurry Hard sent you. Along with a few good restaurants there is also the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds new arena, the Essar Centre which I haven't checked out yet as I didn't make it to the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
There is also a couple casinos nearby, which is a welcome diversion.
I know some might not be thrilled to travel to Northern Ontario, but for me it's about a five hour trip once I cross the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia, and it's all a four-lane highway. It's an easy roadtrip.
Here's the details via Soo Today
It was announced Monday morning that the Soo Curlers Association facility will host the 2014 Ontario Scotties tournament.
Ten of the best women’s teams from across Ontario will compete at the club from January 5 to January 12, 2014, for the right to represent Ontario at the 2014 Scotties Tournament in Virden, Manitoba. Starting in 2015, Northern Ontario will, for the first time, send its own team to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
The Soo beat out other communites for the honour of hosting the women's provincial curling championship, including Thunder Bay and North Bay.
Here's part of the press release announcement:
Sault Ste. Marie hosting the 2014 Ontario Scotties
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (February 4, 2013) – Another major curling event is coming to town.
The Soo Curlers Association, in partnership with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, a division of the Economic Development Corp., is pleased to announce that the community has been chosen to host the 2014 Ontario Scotties, the provincial women’s curling championships.
...Meanwhile, with a few hundred curlers and visiting fans anticipated for the 2014 Ontario Scotties, the event is expected to inject upwards of $250,000 into the local economy.
With the financial impact for the community, the tourism division of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp. was pleased to partner with the Soo Curlers Association to bid on the championships.
...Ticket packages for the 2014 Ontario Scotties event will go sale in the fall of 2013.
To volunteer for the event, or for further information, please contact the Soo Curlers Association at 705-254-6174.
A big day for the Soo and local curling fans