ARDMORE, Okla. -- Officials from the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce put in a bid two years ago to bring in the World Horseshoe Tournament. On Monday, over 900 throwers are now in Ardmore to have fun and throw against some of the best.
All the throwers are trying their luck against others at the Hardy-Murphy Coliseum. This is the first time the world tournament has ever been held in Oklahoma. The first ever tournament took place in Bronson, Kansas, back in 1909.
Competitors have come from almost every state. Even five Canadian provinces are being represented. Organizers say that even though this is a world tournament, it’s not always intense. There is something for the average thrower who can throw with consistency.
"You can be real competitive. We have some who come just because it’s fun and because they like the friends," said Oklahoma state women’s champion Tina Hawkins.
Ohio shoe-pitcher John Green isn’t short on sports cliches when asked about his game.
"You take the losses with the wins. That’s the name of the game. Some days are on, some days are not."
The tournament started Monday morning and runs through August 4.