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2013 State Games of America provide economic boost

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Aug 4, 2013 2:04 AM
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(Hershey) -- Amateur athletes from across the country are in the midstate to compete in events ranging from track & field, to taekwondo.

The Hershey / Harrisburg area is hosting the 2013 State Games of America.

Rick Dunlap of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau says they're estimating a direct economic impact of $12.5 million.

"Then you start talking about the indirect spending -- the shopping, the gas purchases, the supplies, the other things that go along with being on vacation -- and you can easily double that number," he says.

Nine thousand athletes from 45 states are registered to participate in the Olympic-style events. They earned the right to compete by winning medals at the various State Games programs across the country, including the Keystone State Games.

Events are taking place at a variety of venues across the region. Today is the final day of competition.

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