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Merrill Firefighters Charities celebrates 40th Annual Allan Soward Memorial Softball TournamentSubmitted: 08/03/2019
Mazie Vincent
Mazie Vincent
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mvincent@wjfw.com

Merrill Firefighters Charities celebrates 40th Annual Allan Soward Memorial Softball Tournament
MERRILL - A special fundraiser during the first weekend of August brings hundreds to Lincoln county every summer.

This year the Merrill Firefighters Charities are celebrating their 40th annual softball tournament.

"A great night, great weekend for playing ball and having some fun and raising some money for the Merrill Firefighters charities," said tournament organizer Joe Leiskau.

The Merrill Firefighters Charities raise money to give back to the city.

"It's just a great way for people within the community and surrounding areas to come together and raise some money," Leiskau said.

Leiskau said the fundraiser usually brings in at least $10,000.

"Without the community support we certainly wouldn't have the opportunity to hold this tournament for forty years," Leiskau said.

Merrill graduate Dan Kniess comes back to his hometown every summer just to play some softball.

"This tournament has an atmosphere unlike any other. The people, the community and just the area in general is a great spot to play ball," Kniess said.

Thirteen teams played in the tournament along with some great food, raffles and live music.

"We love playing softball but you know you love giving back to the community, the big premise around this tournament is giving back donating a little bit and helping a great cause," Kniess said.

It also gives the Merrill Firefighters a chance to spend time with friends and family without the uniform on.

"We spend a lot of time preventing injuries and fires and on occasion we have the fires that do happen and we are always able to respond," Leiskau said. "It's good that community recognizes that and comes down to support us when we are there for them 365 days a year, 24 hours a day."




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