Spring/Early Summer Sports Tourism Season Revving Up
Spring is here and that means the 12 Hours of Sebring is over for this year and the snowbirds are getting ready to go home. And that’s when Visit Sebring/Highlands County Tourist Development Council (TDC) starts to bring in events that help fill our hotels, restaurants and attractions and infuse more disposable income into Highlands County when we need it most.
The list below showcases the events that the TDC has assisted with grant funding, recruited to Highlands County, or both. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these events, please contact the TDC office.
April 29-May 1: Pro Watercross
Watercross can be simply put as motocross on Personal Watercrafts (PWCs or jetskis). The exception being these athletes compete on unpredictable liquid track varying from oceans, lakes and rivers. Competitors challenge the notion of what is possible on a jet ski utilizing the most advanced equipment reaching speeds of over 85 mph against a full line of competitors to the extreme freestylist landing a double back-flip taking place at Avon Park’s Lake Verona. www.prowatercross.org
May 13-15: American Cornhole League Championship
The ACL promotes and develops cornhole as a sport for any age and any skill level. The organization establishes the rules and regulations to govern the sport around the world. The League creates and manages special events, advises on the expansion of outside competitions, develops cornhole equipment, and educates others on how to position the sport for growth and success. The event will take place at the new Bernie Little Distribution facility on the Sebring Parkway. www.iplaycornhole.com
May 14-15: High School Lacrosse Showcase Tournament
Although lacrosse is not popular in Highlands County yet, the sport is one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the United States. Tournament director Tom West is one of the most accomplished lacrosse coaches in the nation with 24 years of experience coaching at both high school and college levels in various states. This event will showcase the state’s best lacrosse players in front of college scouts. This event will take place at the Highlands County Multi-Sports Complex.
June 4-5: Heartland Triathlon
Celebrating 15 years of racing in Sebring, the Heartland Triathlon is back this June for another test of stamina while participants swim, cycle and run to the finish line located near the racing hub at the Sebring Civic Center. Racing options available for youth and adults at varying distances. www.HeartlandTri.com
For more information about the Highlands County Tourist Development Council (TDC) and a list of upcoming area events, go to VisitSebring.com and follow us on social media: @VisitSebring #VisitSebring.