While the first place prize is $1,500 based on 75 teams, the economic impact for the community could be four times as much, according to Stephanie Sferra, executive director of the Trumbull County Bureau of Tourism.
The bureau hosted a walleye tournament in April that Sferra
said has a comparable economic impact to the upcoming ice fishing tournament.
At the last walleye tournament, about 70 teams of two competed and many completed a survey about their experience in the county, she
Many of the teams came from out of town, stayed at hotels and ate out at restaurants.
This generated more than $3,000 in direct sales and about $6,000 in induced sales, according to Sferra
"Not everyone will stay in hotels," Sferra
"But they'll eat."
When visitors eat out at restaurants, the benefits compound to the local grocery stores that the restaurants purchase from, she
One example she
often gives is that if a fisher pricks his
finger with a hook, he
will go to a drugstore to buy a bandage, and even that is an economic impact.