"Big Wins" Bowling Tournament Rolls through Rockford Region this Weekend
Visitors to spend an estimated $500,000 in the region

February 19, 2016

What: The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to welcome the 2016 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Girls Bowling State Finals back to the Rockford region February 19 - 20, 2016. Approximately 740 bowlers will compete in singles and team games at Cherry Bowl in Rockford, IL. This is an opportunity for media to take photos of a "big win" sports tournament that fills approximately 2,500 room nights with visitors projected to spend an estimated $500,000 while visiting the Rockford region.

When: Friday, February 19, 2016 through Saturday, February 20, 2016
Friday: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Cherry Bowl, 7171 Cherryvale N. Blvd., Rockford, IL 61112

Why: The top bowling teams with the highest pin count for both rounds in the sectional competitions advance to the IHSA state final tournament. There are a total of 24 teams and 28 individual bowlers competing in this tournament. "This is the 24th consecutive year we have hosted the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Girls State Bowling Finals in the Rockford region, and we're looking forward to another great year," said, Josh Albrecht, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs. "This tournament is such a high energy and exhilarating experience, and we encourage the public to visit Cherry Bowl this weekend to show support for these top youth Midwest bowlers."

Other: Local team qualifiers participating include Belvidere North High School (Belvidere) and Harlem High School (Machesney Park). Local individual qualifiers include athletes from Jefferson High School (Rockford). Additional information: http://www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/GirlsBowling.aspx.

RACVB exists to drive quality of life and economic growth for the citizens of Rockford and Winnebago County through tourism marketing and destination development. gorockford.com




FOR MORE INFORMATION: Andrea Mandala, Marketing & Communications Manager: 815.489.1664