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The City of Lincoln was host to one of their bigger events of the year this past weekend.

Lincoln Jr. High School is host to a large basketball tournament featuring over 100 teams from all over the country. Executive Director at the Abe Lincoln Tourism Bureau Geoff Ladd says this is a huge event for Logan County because it fills their hotels, people shop the local stores and eat at heir restaurants.

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The economic importance of this tournament to Lincoln and Logan County is huge to the area. Ladd calls sports tourism "recession-proof". He says sports is a different way to look at economic development with other industries fading.

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Another key player in the annual tournament in the Lincoln/Logan County Sports Commission which seeks to bring sporting events and tournaments to the Lincoln area as a part of economic development. The Commission has already secured a number of softball tournaments for the summer time for Logan County.

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